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Police Raided Company Selling $ 30 Million Of Knock-Off Legos: NPR



The toy company Lepin was raided by Chinese authorities in Shenzhen, China last week for allegedly manufacturing fake Lego products.
                
                
                    
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The toy company Lepin was raided by Chinese authorities in Shenzhen, China last week for allegedly manufacturing fake Lego products.

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LepinLand.com and it's pretty clear the toys are similar to another popular toy on the market: Legos.

But it does not want to sell them much longer ,

Chinese authorities raided Lepin's factory located in Shenzhen.

The Chinese company posted a message on the Chinese Government and Shanghai Police website China last week after discovering it what allegedly manufacturing fake Lego products. The raid turned up $ 30 million worth of counterfeits Legos and police arrested four people, the BBC reported.

Most Lepin sets, including its Star Wars series, are "compatible with Lego."

And now we know why. Police said in a statement that the toys were copied from Lego blueprints and more than 630,000 finished products were shipped from the factory, the BBC reported.

Police investigation is still underway. According to the BBC, images posted by Chinese Authorities Giant, Lego.

The Lepin brand is definitely a cheaper option, often selling for a fraction of the price of Legos. Millennium Falcon kit listed for $ 799.99.

Zhong Shikai, one of the officers responsible for investigating the case, told the state-run news agency

Lego China and Asia Pacific's vice president Robin Smith said the products could pose a safety concern to consumers, Xinhua reported.

Foreign companies in China have long expressed dissatisfaction about intellectual property because of the prevalence of counterfeiting. The AFP reports the raid on China's property transfer, possibly in an attempt to ease tensions with Washington.

Xinhua said the number of intellectual property rights trials in Shanghai hit a record high last year

Lepin's website says it will continue selling all remaining sets, but will not restock in the future.


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