Recently, German Association of the Automotive Industry, along with BMW (China) Automotive Trading Co., Ltd., Daimler AG, and Porsche AG, sent a thanks letter to the Ministry of Public Security, thank the Chinese police for cracking down on criminal acts of intellectual property infringement, and highly appraised the Chinese police's efforts to combat counterfeiting, achievements in counterfeiting crimes and protection of corporate intellectual property rights, and sincere thanks to the public security organs and civilian police who investigated the case of manufacturing and selling of counterfeit BMW and auto parts of other brands.

In May 2020, under the guidance of the Ministry of Public Security, Jiangsu Provincial Public Security Department, and the Nanjing Public Security Bureau, the Qixia Branch of the Nanjing Public Security Bureau established a "5·27" task force based on clues to deal with the criminal gang headed by the suspect Chen. The suspected production and sale of counterfeit BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and other brand auto parts were investigated. Up to now, the task force has arrested sixty suspects engaged in production, processing, retail, etc., destroyed nineteen production and storage dens, and seized all kinds of fake BMW, Benz, Porsche and other brand car exterior accessories 50,000 pieces, and 32 production molds, with a total value of more than one hundred million yuan.

German Association of the Automotive Industry stated in the thanks letter that the successful investigation and handling of the case eliminated the potential safety hazards of counterfeit parts to consumers, protected intellectual property rights, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and other companies, and recovered huge losses for companies. It has triggered great repercussions and strengthened all German companies' confidence, including German auto companies, to invest in China.

In recent years, public security bureaus in China have continued to crack down on criminal activities infringing intellectual property rights by law, resolutely safeguarded the general public and enterprises' legitimate rights and interests, and effectively optimized the business environment. According to statistics, since the launch of the "Kunlun 2020" special operation in May last year, as of the end of November 2020, public security bureaus in China had cracked 6,831 criminal cases of intellectual property infringement and counterfeiting, destroyed 4,248 counterfeit production and sales dens, and eliminated 1,646 criminal gangs, more than 14,000 criminal suspects were arrested, with a total value of 14.3 billion yuan involved.

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