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For several months Merit Entertainment® has worked with the Morris County Prosecutors Office on the investigation of Nisan Naveh, a 62 year-old New Jersey man. The culmination of this investigation came on Tuesday, May 15th, as police arrested Naveh for alleged trademark infringement, and the alleged selling of counterfeit gaming consoles and computer software from his home. The investigators determined that Naveh was selling counterfeit Megatouch Force™ software, one of Merit’s long-running successful software platforms.
"Merit will continue to protect its intellectual property rights worldwide," stated Bob Fay, Merit's Director of Government Relations. Fay went on to praise the efforts of the Rockaway Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutors Office.
The alleged crimes were brought to the attention of the Morris County Prosecutor's Office by Merit Entertainment. The police then executed the search warrant and subsequently arrested Naveh. He was charged with trademark infringement and computer theft, which are listed as third-degree crimes in New Jersey. The police seized hundreds of hard drives, several complete copy kits, computers, records and many computer circuit boards.
Morris County Prosecutor Michael M. Rubbinaccio said the investigation confirmed that the items seized were to be used to illegally duplicate software. He also verified that counterfeit Merit circuit boards were present at the residence. According to Merit Entertainment, the approximate value of the items seized was between $10,000 and $20,000. “The enforcement of Merit's intellectual property, such as the recent action in New Jersey, is another sign of our firm stance of support for our authorized distributor network,” said Bob Mills, Merit’s Vice President of Sales, North America. “We are vigilant in this effort, and our customers and the entire industry benefit from the money we spend protecting the consumer from foreign, fraudulent, incomplete and unsupported software and game machines.”
For the past year, Merit has been working with police, governments and courts around the globe, helping to crack down on intellectual property theft and piracy. To date, all of the offending products have originated in other countries, contributing to a loss of American jobs and a weakening of the American coin-op industry. By helping crack down on these pirates, Merit is helping the industry and the country.
For almost 30 years, Merit has ensured long-term return on investment for operators by providing continually high-earning equipment along with updates and upgrades for its products. With an installed base of over 250,000 touch-screen games garnering nearly 4.6 billion plays per year, Merit Entertainment is the worldwide leader in touch-screen entertainment devices. Merit Entertainment products appear globally in a wide array of venues and appeal to an almost limitless demographic. Merit continues to expand its position in the industry with ever-increasing entertainment, content, and new games. The company maintains a Web site with all the latest information at www.meritgames.com