Jamshedpur, Dec 28: As part of the ongoing effort to protect its brand and assets, Tata Steel, with the support of local Police conducted a joint raid on Garg Ispat Industries located at Bharatpur in Rajasthan were selling unauthorised Tata Wiron Barbed wire products. The raid was conducted on December 24, 2020, where the Police seized 945 bundles of counterfeit material estimated to be valued at Rs 30 lakh and the machine used for making the counterfeit products was seized from the premises of Garg Ispat during the raid.
An FIR has been lodged Under Section 420 (Cheating and Dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 485 ( Making or possession of any instrument for counterfeiting a property mark), 486 (Selling goods marked with a counterfeit property mark), 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy) of IPC and Sections 63 and 65 of Copy Right Act and Sections 103, 104 of Trade Mark Act.
Tata Wiron’s barbed wire possesses unique packaging which is only authorised to be sold by our channel partners. It was discovered that the owners were selling counterfeit barbed wires by mixing genuine plain Tata Wiron wires with that of local wires and using the Tata Wiron fencing wires packaging as that of the counterfeit barbed wires. This attempt of passing of sub-standard material as that of Tata Steel material affects the consumers as much as it affects the Tata Steel brand name.
Tata Steel’s products possess tremendous goodwill in the minds of the consumers by virtue of the quality of the products. Such unauthorised use of the Tata name on wire products which do not meet the quality standards of Tata Steel products hampers the reputation of the Company. Tata Steel condemns the misuse of the trademarks and logos and the use of the trademarks and logos of Tata Steel and Tata Sons without our prior permission. In furtherance to protecting our brand reputation and goodwill, Company’s brand protection team continuously monitors and acts against entities which are infringing on our Intellectual property rights including counterfeiters.
Tata Steel will continue these efforts in monitoring and acting against any such illegal activities which are impacting our assets and our Brand.