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02/03/2018
How World Book Day became key for licensing
02/03/2018
World Book Day warning as parents told to think twice before buying fancy dress outfits
09/08/2017
Product Recall
27/03/2017
New European warehouse
19/08/2016
Dallas distribution center now open
15/06/2016
Smiffys recognised in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200
07/03/2016
Contact Lens Safety
01/03/2016
R H Smith featured on Intellectual Property Office website
07/12/2015
Watch Smiffys on Fake Britain
08/10/2015
Flammability Statement
25/09/2015
R H Smith Welcomes Safety Spot Checks News
02/07/2015
R H Smith & Sons successfully completes Civil and Criminal Prosecutions against illegal Counterfeiter

RH Smith & Sons, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of high quality costumes, wigs and novelty goods under its ‘Smiffys’ and ‘Fever’ brands, announced today that it has successfully concluded both its High Court and Criminal Court anti-counterfeiting action against Party Pit Stop, an established customer of RH Smith & Sons.


In the late autumn of 2014, RH Smith & Sons discovered that Party Pit Stop, a Stoke-on-Trent business operated by Joshua Shemirani, was importing from China and selling in the UK inferior quality, knock-off fancy dress costumes, which were copies of the original garment designs produced by RH Smith & Sons’ UK-based design team and which were being sold under the ‘Smiffys’ brand and packaging artwork.


RH Smith & Sons’ dedicated anti-counterfeiting team immediately swung into action. A private investigator was quickly dispatched to Party Pit Stop’s shop in Stoke to buy some samples of the knock-off product and further samples of the rip off product were also obtained anonymously from Party Pit Stop via their eBay and Amazon accounts.


The first that Party Pit Stop knew about RH Smith & Sons’ complaint was when the owners and managers of the business received legal proceedings through the post, just before Christmas.


Party Pit Stop, knowing that they had no defence, quickly admitted their guilt and conceded liability on all 3 counts – design, trade mark and image copyright infringement – rather than face an expensive trial that could have cost them hundreds of thousands of pounds to contest. Joshua Shemirani admitted liability and undertook to the High Court that he would not deal in the illegal copies of RH Smith & Sons’ products again and also agreed to pay RH Smith & Sons tens of thousands of pounds in respect of its legal costs and damages. He also had to send the thousands of pieces of remaining counterfeit stock to RH Smith & Sons to be destroyed.


RH Smith & Sons zero tolerance policy to counterfeiting was further underscored by the fact that it then initiated a private criminal prosecution against Joshua Shemirani. That case was concluded in Leeds Magistrates Court on 29th June 2015, when Mr Shemirani admitted guilt on and was convicted of all 3 counts against him. He now has a criminal record and was sentenced to 80 hours unpaid Community Service with costs awarded to RH Smith & Sons. If he is found to have engaged in this activity in the future, he will almost certainly receive a prison sentence.


Speaking after the conclusion of the case, RH Smith & Sons Director, Mr Elliott Peckett commented: “As a business, we invest heavily in designing top quality garments and employ nearly 250 people; the livelihoods of those people and those of our honest retail customers are put at risk by this illegal counterfeiting. We will sue anyone who we discover is importing or selling knock-off RH Smith & Sons products that infringe our design, Trade Marks or image copyright anywhere in the world."


"Copying our garments and unlawfully using our Trade Marked brands and images are not just civil offences; they are also criminal offences under UK law. This is just the first case we have pursued since we made public the scale of infringements in our industry; our solicitors have the details and evidence of our next targets and we are now focussing our attention on the long list of illegal counterfeiters who will receive the same zero tolerance approach" added Mr. Peckett.




Further information about the facts referred to in this press release can be obtained from marketing@smiffys.com

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17/08/2012
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10/08/2012
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07/11/2011
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26/10/2011
Bristol Novelty Agrees to Stop Selling Copies of Smiffy's Costumes
28/09/2011
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Smiffy's Win at Licensing Awards
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Bristol Novelty Cease and Desist
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15/08/2011
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20/07/2011
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19/07/2011
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29/06/2011
Fantastic New Licenses Coming Soon!