In a press release sent by Nike on Wednesday, it was announced that eight people in China have been sentenced to jail and fined after being convicted of counterfeiting registered trademarks, as well as manufacturing, distributing and selling counterfeit golf equipment.
According to the release, "The two principal defendants, Tain Yu and Tian Zhongyi, will serve four year and three year prison terms, respectively. According to Wan Hui Da, the law firm representing the [U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group], these sentences are considered very severe penalties for intellectual property related crimes in China. The defendants will not appeal the decisions."
The release went on to say that nearly 10,000 pieces of counterfeit golf equipment were seized, including more than 740 assembled golf clubs, 1,500 club heads, 4,700 golf grips, 2,300 shafts, 280 club head covers and assorted golf towels, golf bags and apparel.The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group is comprised of several of the worlds' most well-known golf equipment manufacturers, including the Acushnet Company (Titleist, FootJoy and Cobra Golf);
Callaway Golf (Callaway, Odyssey, Top-Flite and Ben Hogan); Cleveland Golf/Srixon; Nike Golf; Ping; and TaylorMade (TaylorMade, adidas Golf, Ashworth).