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Dubai Anti-Counterfeit Authorities in Action: Step-By-Step Video

About a week ago Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED)–who are essentially the “Trademark Infringement Police”–were videotaped by the Al Arabiya-Khaleej Times-English, executing raids in various shops and locations in Karama.


The 13-minute video takes the viewer–for starters–through typically open-area shops in the market section…but then they journey through a labyrinth of back rooms to Louis Vuitton and Chanel and Gucci and UGG counterfeits…to electrically controlled secret doors in the back rooms–through more secret doors–to even more counterfeits and, eventually, to a modern elevator building with a pleasant marble-walled lobby and into a vast “showroom” apartment with a triple-locked front door with room-after-room and shelf-after-shelf of counterfeit handbags, and glasses, and belts, and watches, and boots, and on and on…


The apartment has multiple rooms and wraparound shelves designed like a high-end retail outlet showroom on Fifth Avenue in New York City or Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Delightful, cozy, bright lighting, in which to view the counterfeit booty. Not some dingy backroom or warehouse. It is quite a sight.


The video also makes for an excellent step-by-step training film that details the Dubai DED administrative procedure. It would be a useful training video for any trademark infringement enforcement team.


I do wonder if the Dubai authorities have legally advanced to the point of holding landlords responsible for renting space to counterfeiters.

Excellent work Dubai DED!

Link to full article and video:

Al Arabiya-Khaleej Times-English, April 10, 2018, WATCH: How Dubai Economy Officers Raid Stores Selling Counterfeit Items

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Ron Alvarez is an IP investigations and protection consultant and writer in New York City. He is a former NYPD lieutenant where he investigated robbery, narcotics, internal affairs, and fine art theft cases. Ron has since coordinated the private investigation of international fraud and money laundering cases, as well as IP-related investigations and research involving the four pillars of IP: copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Ron is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and earned a B.A. in Government and Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He has written a number of articles for various investigative publications, as well as published "The World of Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and Investigations" in November 2021.

3 comments on “Dubai Anti-Counterfeit Authorities in Action: Step-By-Step Video

  1. Great reporting Ron interesting look at the large market for counterfeit luxury items.

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