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The QBPC's mission is to work in close co-operation with the Chinese central and local governments, local industries and other organizations to make positive contributions towards the protection of Intellectual Property rights in the People's Republic of China.
'On both the national and global level, the BPG today further strengthened its ties and co-operation with Dubai Customs, the QBPC and IIPPF to combat counterfeiting of goods and other IPR violations by signing a MoU with each organisation,' said Omar Shteiwi, chairman of the Board of the BPG and Regional Intellectual Property advisor of NestlE[umlaut] Middle East.
Yousuf Ozair, senior manager of Intellectual Property Rights Department at Dubai Customs signed the MOU with Jack Chang, QBPC chairman and senior intellectual property counsel for General Electric Asia, and Kuniyasu Funaki, chief executive officer of the Japan External Trade Relations Organisation -- Dubai & Mena and acting secretariat of the IIPPF.
A survey of QBPC members showed only 28% described their exposure to counterfeits as being improved (though that represented an 11% increase on 2005).
Counterfeiters also however copy grills, and most worryingly, brake parts, stressed Joanna Chan, Brand Protection Manager for General Motors in China, who also serves as chair of the QBPC's automotive group.
QBPC studies of fake parts have shown worrying safety results: a BMW tension strut was found to be made of poor quality metal and rubber.
Research by the QBPC has found particular black spots include Taizhou, a Zhejiang city heavily involved in car bumpers and panels.
The larger Zhejiang metropolises of Wenzhou and Ningbo (both of which have a tradition of private enterprises making multiple, legitimate auto parts) have recently become centres of the counterfeit trade, according to QBPC research.
Chinese police and judiciary are feted each year at an awards night run by the QBPC. The awards encourage prosecution of counterfeiting cases.
QBPC booths at trade fairs around China display counterfeiting and genuine parts side by side.
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