Container Centralen settles trolley counterfeit case

Container Centralen (CC) said it has stopped a company copying its plant transport trolleys in the same way as Gucci bags, Rolex watches or Nike clothes are counterfeited.

Last month, the Dutch/Danish company, which owns the CC Container, took Schalkoort to the bailiff in a counterfeit case.

The CC Pool system began in 1976 and, although the patent expired on 5 August, CC and Dutch company Schalkoort met in a legal hearing as CC had seized a number of illegal CC identification labels at Schalkoort's premises.

The parties agreed on a settlement where Schalkoort must stop the infringements immediately and pay damages of EUR25,000 (£22,300) to CC, plus CC's legal costs of EUR30,000 (£26,700).

In the event of any further infringements, Schalkoort must pay EUR5,000 (£4,500) per day of infringement, or EUR500 (£450) per product per day to CC.

Following this settlement, CC's business relationship with Schalkoort - which had been put on hold - can now be resumed.

CC regional manager Erwin Verbraeken said: "We frequently make raids, seize illegal material and take the perpetrators to court. Usually the counterfeit cases are quite clear to the court and are quickly settled in our favour."

The CC Container has unique identification tags, changed every three to five years when illegal copies in the system are found. The tags will next be changed in early 2010 and will have built-in RFID (radio frequency identification).

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