Working alongside the agents of the National Bureau of Investigation’s Intellectual Property Rights Division, Atty. Montini Felicilda and Mr. Isaias Villanueva of Federis and Associates conducted two (2) simultaneous raids on May 25, 2023 against the warehouses of Starbright Bicycle Trading and Edlimbros Bicycles in Mandaue City, Cebu, suspected sellers of counterfeit SHIMANO products.
An assortment of 3,328 pieces of bicycle parts, fittings, and accessories bearing the mark “SHIMANO” were seized from Starbright Bicycle Trading while 388 bicycle parts, fittings, and accessories bearing the mark “SHIMANO” were confiscated from Edlimbros Bicycles.
The seized products were certified as counterfeit by a representative of Neo Zigma, Shimano’s official supplier in the Philippines, who was present at these raids. Complaints for infringement against Rolly Gica Gomez and Kirsten Sarena Lim, owners of Starbright Bicycle Trading and Edlimbros Bicycles, respectively, will follow.
These recent raids follow an earlier raid conducted on March 22, 2022 by SHIMANO against Hyx Enterprises of Guiguinto, Bulacan, which yielded 10,506 pieces of assorted counterfeit SHIMANO bicycle parts.
This series of raids is a clear indication that SHIMANO is serious in its efforts to rid the Philippine market of counterfeit SHIMANO products. It is closely monitoring the market for any counterfeiting activities and will continue to work closely with the NBI, Neo Zigma, and the Federis Law Office in implementing its anti-counterfeiting activity in the country.