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Retailers across Asia brace for Coronavirus impact as death toll mounts

As health authorities across Asia struggle to assess the severity and impact of the deadly Coronavirus, hundreds of stores have closed in Mainland China.

Shinsegae cedes claim to BTS brand after legal stoush

South Korean department store franchise Shinsegae has relinquished its claims to the K-pop boy band BTS brand name following a threat of legal action by the band’s representatives.

Hong Kong toy shop fined for deceptive conduct

An unidentified Hong Kong toy-shop owner has been convicted of misleading omission commercial practice.

Muji loses Chinese trademark infringement case

A Chinese court has ruled Japanese retailer Muji must pay RMB626,000 (US$89,000) and apologise to a local firm after losing a trademark-infringement case.

7-Eleven Japan has been underpaying staff for up to 50 years

Investigators have discovered 7-Eleven Japan to have been underpaying staff since the 1970s, according to a Nikkei report.

Hong Kong Customs seize $2m in fake goods in prime retail strip

Hong Kong Customs raided an upstairs showroom in the heart of the city’s prime retail precinct this week, seizing about HK$2 million (US$255,000) worth of fake goods.

Label technology launched to foil counterfeiters

Security-label technology has been launched in South Korea that can prevent “label replacement” on clothing preventing counterfeit items being disguised as genuine. The state-run Korea Minting, Security Printing and ID Card Operating Corp (Komsco) says its security-label technology can make labels for clothing using fibres containing special security materials. If the label is pl…

K-beauty companies fined over Instagram promotions

Several major K-beauty companies were found guilty of misinforming consumers after paying influencers on social networks like Instagram to promote their products. South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) ordered seven companies including AmorePacific, LG Household and Health Care and L’Oreal Korea to pay 269 million won (US$228,740) in fines. The K-beauty companies paid influencer…

Swedish brand Foreo wins unprecedented Chinese IP ruling

Swedish skintech brand Foreo has been awarded a judgement of RMB3 million (US$450,000) in an unprecedented court ruling in Shanghai.

Swedish brand Foreo wins unprecedented Chinese IPO ruling

Swedish skintech brand Foreo has been awarded a judgement of RMB3 million (US$450,000) in an unprecedented court ruling in Shanghai.

Joint Hong Kong-Macau-mainland customs operation launched to stamp out fakes

​Hong Kong Customs has conducted a two-week joint operation with the mainland and Macao Customs to combat cross-boundary counterfeit goods activities.

Fake Korean brand Mumuso defies court order to close Seoul brand

Mumuso, a Chinese distributor of household goods accused of imitating a Korean brand, is turning a blind eye to the recent government order to shut down its South Korean branch.