Dodgy D-Link dealers in Dubai raided by authorities

The Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) swooped on dealer premises in Computer Street after receiving a complaint from networking vendor D-Link claiming that fake products were widely available in the market.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  March 29, 2006

The Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) swooped on dealer premises in Computer Street after receiving a complaint from networking vendor D-Link claiming that fake products were widely available in the market. During the raids, officials seized fake product with a street value estimated in excess of US$16,000. The products were packed in counterfeit D-Link packaging with fake D-Link holograms used in an attempt to make them look genuine. D-Link had filed a complaint with the help of its legal counsels, Denton Wilde Sapte, requesting that DED take action to combat the widespread availability of fake kit. “We are committed to provide the best quality, state of the art products to our customers,” said Fateen A. Fateen, chairman at D-Link Middle East. “We are thankful to DED for their continuous effort to stop counterfeit product sellers who have been selling unreliable, low quality replicas.” Khalid Musa and Yasir Hassan, intellectual property lawyers at Denton Wilde Sapte claim that they are receiving superb cooperation from DED to combat counterfeit trade in the market. Denton Wilde Sapte, which is headquartered in London, also has offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and DIC. For vendors such as D-Link, which manufactures a wide range of wired and wireless networking products, the presence of fake product in the market has the potential to damage the vendor’s reputation for quality and reliability.

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