Hong Kong – Joseph Tsang is a Hong Kong-based private investigator who specializes in identifying the manufacturer and sellers of fake goods for many global companies. His main target area for counterfeit goods focuses on the sprawling outdoor markets of China’s Shanghai and the hundreds of sellers at the Xiangyang market. This area is world-renowned for fake Rolex watches, Callaway golf clubs and Louis Vuitton bags.
Tsang said his company performs 50 to 100 investigations a month with about one-third of those result in some enforcement action.
Another private investigator “Wang” searches the electronic and software markets to spot pirated products. His investigative reports have helped Microsoft pursue several successful cases against violators. “Wang” doesn’t disclose his first name to protect his livelihood. He visits the Zhongguancun district, China’s Silicon Valley, on the lookout for a high-end enterprise software that Microsoft markets to companies.