Legal Action Update
EOTech trademarks and patents, as well as many of the company’s product designs, are protected by registration. United States-based EOTech is dedicated to protecting its customers and products. EOTech supports the departments and individuals involved in attempting to stop this counterfeit product from entering the country, and proudly stands behind its made-in-the-USA products. The company will use all available appropriate legal means against any persons found to be dealing in counterfeits of EOTech goods.
“This fight against counterfeit products is not about lost corporate margins,” says EOTech president Paul Mangano. “Our concern centers around the fact that counterfeit models do not offer the holographic technology available in a true EOTech. If military or law enforcement officers are mistakenly using a counterfeit model, they are unknowingly adding additional risk to already-life-threatening situations. The lives and safety of our country’s civil servants are this company’s highest concern, and these counterfeit products are putting those lives at risk.”
Counterfeiters Plead Guilty, Sentenced to Jail
In November 2011, the Associated Press reported that a Southern California businessman, Isaac Cheuk Hang Tse, and his office manager, Pao Sheng Yang, pled guilty to selling counterfeit EOTech products via the Internet. Tse is the owner of Anaheim-based Field Sports.
According to the AP report, the pair were initially charged with felonies. The 65-year-old Tse and 34-year-old Yang each pled guilty to misdemeanors: selling counterfeit goods and possessing an assault weapon.
City News Service said Tse was sentenced to 60 days in jail and 3 years’ probation, and Yang was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 3 years’ probation.
According to Orange County prosecutors, Field Sports manufactured and advertised about 700 counterfeit gun sights and 200 magnifier systems for sale online.
See the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement news release about the original arrest at www.ice.gov.