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Counterfeiting

Anyone involved in the illegal supply of counterfeit goods can face a maximum penalty of 10 years' imprisonment. This unfair and often dangerous trade affects local businesses and consumers.

Counterfeiting is the -

  • unauthorised use of someone’s Registered Trade Mark
  • unauthorised use of someone’s Unregistered Trade Mark or ‘passing-off’ as it is known in Common Law

A Trade Mark is any sign and can include words, designs, letters, numerals or the shape of goods its packaging which can be used to tell your goods or services apart from someone else’s.

  • unauthorised use or copying of someone’s copyrighted work

Copyright is someone’s way of protecting their work - everything from books to computer programs, plays to photographs, to films and TV programmes and music recordings.

Fake goods are usually poor quality and in some cases they have also been dangerous. Examples include -

  • unsafe toys and electrical goods
  • poisonous wines and spirits
  • ineffective medicines

Counterfeiting inspections and investigations

We carry out targeted inspections to combat counterfeiting and investigate any information provided by businesses and members of the public.

Find out more about trading standards inspections and other visits

Further Information

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) provides information on protecting trade marks and copyright and using other peoples’ trade marks and copyright protected intellectual property on their website.

Visit the IPO website for advice about trademarks (opens in a new window)

Visit the IPO website for advice about copyright (opens in a new window)

If you are unsure how to comply with counterfeiting law in your business, contact us for guidance using the online form below. Alternatively call us on 01482 300 300 or email tradingstandardsadvicecentre@hullcc.gov.uk



It is better to talk to us before you spend money on products, labelling, offers, promotions and marketing.

Advice for importers, manufacturers, wholesalers and business to business suppliers

If you are an importer, manufacturer, wholesaler or business to business supplier, we can provide you with guidance on setting up systems to achieve compliance, best practice and maintaining due diligence systems.

If you are unsure how to comply with counterfeiting law in your business, contact us for guidance using the online form below. Alternatively call us on 01482 300 300 or email tradingstandardsadvicecentre@hullcc.gov.uk


It is better to talk to us before you spend money on products, labelling, offers, promotions and marketing.

Contact us

Trading Standards Advice
33 Witham
Hull
HU9 1DB

Tel: public enquiries - 01482 300 300 or business enquiries - 01482 300 301
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 615 572
Email: tradingstandardsadvicecentre@hullcc.gov.uk

We are open Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, and Friday 9am to 4.30pm. Please note the trading standards office is not open to the public. If you have an enquiry please make this to trading standards by telephone, text phone, email or post.

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