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PALME MIDDLE EAST PLEDGES ZERO TOLERANCE TO COPYCATS

29 February 2008


Companies participating at the upcoming PALME Middle East exhibition in Dubai found to be infringing copyright and patent protection legislation will have their stands closed or their products removed, organisers IIR Exhibitions have announced.

PALME is taking a tough stand against the copycats to support legitimate companies in the professional audio, light and AV industries whose long term investment in product development and branding is threatened by the counterfeiters.


Dubai-based, Group Director of PALME, Neil Hickman, said: “Original manufacturers and their authorised agencies exhibiting at our shows are understandably upset that copycat manufacturers are allowed to exhibit at certain other industry events.


“Having suffered ourselves from copycat events, we fully appreciate the considerable investment in research and development, not to mention the marketing budgets deployed to build brands.


“Therefore we have decided to make our stance public, not only to protect our exhibitors’ brands and trade marks but also to support the industry as whole by driving out counterfeit goods and those who market them.”


Potential counterfeiters are being warned that their stands will be closed and subsequently evicted from any PALME event as well as being blacklisted by IIR Exhibitions. To avoid confusion, a statement has confirmed exhibitors must own and have valid rights to manufacture, use, perform, sell and display patented products, copyright works, trademarks and trade names.


Information packs sent to exhibitors reiterate IIR Exhibitions’ copycat policy for all of their professional audio, light and AV series of events including PALME Asia and PALME India, together with the INSTALL and Event 360 series of events.

 

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