This year, counterfeiters like Angry Bird goods

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This year, counterfeiters like Angry Bird goods

Korea’s crackdown on fake products bagged 53 cases of Louis Vuitton counterfeits - and 498,000 fake products with images of the popular Finnish mobile game character Angry Bird.

The Korea Customs Service yesterday described its crackdown for the first half of the year, and Louis Vuitton was the most confiscated luxury brand, followed by Chanel, Gucci, Burberry, and Hermes.

Angry Bird was the most faked intellectual property of the year, although fake Viagra pills came in second. Customs confiscated 289,000 fake Viagra tablets.

The service had 315 busts in the first half, and the value of the goods, had they been sold, was 615.9 billion won ($541.4 million).

Calvin Klein was the most copied clothing brand, and Nintendo the most common fake electronic product. New Balance was the most commonly faked shoe.

Also, the number of fabricated Korean products was higher than last year. Customs confiscated faked Korean products worth 1.7 billion won. A total of 22 local brands were imitated. Last year, products worth 1.3 billion won were confiscated and they imitated three local brands. “The product types are more diversified, such as children’s clothing,” the Korea Customs Service said in a release.

By Lee Sun-min []

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