Russell-Cooke has successfully prosecuted two cases of selling counterfeit goods on behalf of TM Eye. These two cases reflect our ongoing work for TM Eye in respect of private prosecutions. TM Eye is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 2003 to fight against the manufacture and illegal import, export and sale of counterfeit and pirated goods in Europe.

In the first case, a team led by Peter Cadman and Amy Rudolph brought a private prosecution against Mr Youssefzadek for offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 arising out of his selling counterfeit Louis Vuitton and Mulberry items at a market in London.  The prosecution case put forward evidence that the defendant was not only selling the counterfeit items but that he was involved in the wider operation of making and/or sourcing the counterfeit items. The defendant was sentenced to 12 weeks custody suspended for 12 months as well as a 12 week tagged curfew.

In the second case, Russell-Cooke brought a private prosecution against Mr Safdary for nine offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 arising out of his selling and offering for sale counterfeit Louis Vuitton and Mulberry items at a market in London. The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges on the basis that he reasonably believed he was not infringing a registered trade mark. After a trial, the Court found the defendant guilty of all nine offences and sentenced him to a 12 month community order with the condition of 150 hours unpaid work.

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