Apec outfits inspire imitations

Apec outfits inspire imitations
CASHING IN: The fake outfits were an instant hit, with prices jumping from 199 yuan to 289 yuan in a day.

BEIJING -Some online shops in China have been flooded with orders for counterfeit Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) outfits like the ones worn by world leaders, the local media reported yesterday.

The fake Chinese-style traditional outfits were an instant hit, with prices jumping from 199 yuan (S$42) to 289 yuan for men's coats, and 269 yuan to 399 yuan for women's coats, in a day.

A shop owner said more than 20 orders were made on the first day of the summit, and that "people ordered similar outfits just out of curiosity", reported the Beijing News.

The outfits were exclusively designed for the 22nd Apec meeting in Beijing. This means online copies may infringe on designers' patent rights, said Yang Li, a research fellow at the China University of Political Science and Law's intellectual property research centre.

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