SpecTek fakes hit the channel

With the emergence of fake SpecTek RAM modules found in the channel, local distributor MTC warns that prosecution is assured for resellers dealing in the counterfeit products.

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By  Michelle Sturman Published  April 22, 2001

Memory maker SpecTek and local distributor MTC have raised the alarm about the appearance in the local market of fake RAM modules which may be offered to local resellers.

SpecTek’s sales manager for the region, Dave Nordberg, says that legal action is already underway, and that resellers dealing in such modules run the risk of prosecution.

“It is important to us to take legal action before this spreads,” he said.

“This is the first time we have seen this. We have had people misrepresent product calling it SpecTek and so on, but this is the first time we have actually seen them duplicating our trademark and our logo on a chip,” he added.

In the mean time, MTC general manager Houssam Mobied, has prepared a document for the information of resellers, warning them of what they are up against.

The document can be obtained from MTC by calling +971 4 355 6755. It lists details of how to recognise authentic SpecTek product, such as the kinds of stickers, the silk-screening of the SpecTek logo on the PCB, the fact that the PCB is manufactured by Levin—where the fakes are not—and the layout of the chips.

In the mean time, Mobied says he has enlisted the help of the Dubai Department of Commerce to help bring prosecute offenders.

“We found the first case about a month and a half ago. We went straight to SpecTek and tried to find the source of the product, and straight away, SpecTek started a legal process to find out where this is coming from. We will be doing that job locally.”

Resellers should also take the threat of prosecution very seriously, say the two companies.

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