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Nearly 1 Million Counterfeit Pokémon Trading Cards Seized by Chinese Customs

By Xueyang
Sep. 15, 2023 updated 05:03

Ningbo Customs' Meishan branch has recently intercepted a shipment of counterfeit Pokémon trading cards, containing a total of 970,000 units. The cards, which were declared by a certain company, were flagged for featuring "POKEMON" text and imagery. After consulting the copyright holder, it was confirmed that the cards were indeed infringing on intellectual property rights. The shipment has been detained in accordance with the law.

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The Pokémon Trading Card Game is a collectible card game that takes its world view from the Pokémon video game series. Initially released in Japan in October 1996, the card game made its debut in mainland China in October 2022. The game has seen worldwide distribution, available in 77 regions and 13 languages, with the total number of cards sold reaching 43.2 billion globally.

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This confiscation highlights the ongoing issue of counterfeit merchandise, particularly in the gaming and entertainment sector. The Pokémon Trading Card Game is a lucrative market, and the presence of counterfeit cards not only tarnishes the brand but also poses financial risks for collectors and players. Authorities are tightening measures to ensure that intellectual property rights are respected and upheld.

Source: Weibo