Italian financial police, the Guardia di Finanza, seized 11 scooters from seven Chinese exhibitors at EICMA last week.

We wouldn't be surprised to see Chinese knockoffs of well-known car and motorcycle brands - in China. But a handful of Chinese scooter exhibitors at last week's 71st International Motorcycle Exhibition (EICMA) had their goods seized by the Italian financial police, according to a Piaggio Group press release, because they had brought imitation Vespa scooters to the show.

The Guardia di Finanza descended upon the show last Thursday, on opening day, and seized 11 Vespa copies from seven different Chinese exhibitors. Italian company Piaggio Group has exclusive rights to the iconic Vespa's shape. Yes, seven companies brought shameless copies of the iconic Italian scooter to an international motorcycle show held in Italy.

"The Piaggio Group considers the initiative of the Guardia di Finanza to be of great significance in the defense of industrial property rights," the manufacturer said in a statement. "As in every other country where Piaggio has taken specific action against counterfeits, the action of the Italian police is a further element for protection of companies that compete lawfully on world markets."

Take a look at the press release below for a bit more information.
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Guardia di Finanza completed its seizure of imitations of Vespa

Nov 07, 2013 14:05

Milan, 7 November 2013 – The Piaggio Group said that today, with the opening to the general public of the EICMA 2013 motor show, the Mobile Unit of the Rho division of the Guardia di Finanza, the Italian military police corps responsible for financial law enforcement, completed its seizure of 11 scooters – showcased by 7 different exhibitors – whose design constitutes an imitation of the "Vespa".

The Guardia di Finanza seized the vehicles after determining that they were in breach of the exclusive Piaggio Group right constituted by the three-dimensional trademark registered by Piaggio, which protects the characteristic shape of the Vespa. This right plays a fundamental role in safeguarding the Vespa's distinctive and unique design and is the most complete instrument for the protection of the iconic shape of this global product.

The Piaggio Group considers the initiative of the Guardia di Finanza to be of great significance in the defence of industrial property rights. As in every other country where Piaggio has taken specific action against counterfeits, the action of the Italian police is a further element for the protection of companies that compete lawfully on world markets.