OtterBox secures $2M court victory over counterfeiters

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Popular Apple device accessory maker OtterBox has won the latest in a series of legal actions against counterfeiters, securing a $2 million verdict against a New York-based company.



A U.S. District Court judge issued a permanent injunction recently against S & P Trading Inc., saying that the firm had violated provisions of the Lanham Act in purchasing and selling at least 146,025 counterfeit cases. Those cases, the judge decided, infringed on OtterBox's federally registered trademarks.

OtterBox has more than 110 trademark registrations worldwide, with a number of others pending. OtterBox also holds more than 190 patents in the United States.

This latest decision is but one in a series of actions OtterBox has taken against counterfeiters. In 2012, OtterBox collaborated with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to seize 118,000 counterfeit items. That action resulted in additional judgments of nearly $11 million.

OtterBox's CEO praised the effect the recent decision would have on consumer protection.

?OtterBox was built on bringing our customers innovative, first-to-market products,? said OtterBox CEO Brian Thomas. ?A lot of design, engineering and testing goes into each of our custom protective cases, which is why we take a hard line with companies creating and selling fake cases, as well as those infringing on our patents and trademarks. Counterfeit products damage our reputation for delivering premium quality products because many consumers aren?t aware that they purchased a fake OtterBox. If a deal seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.?

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    bageljoeybageljoey Posts: 1,755member
    When you can't innovate, litigate¡
  • Reply 2 of 11
    pazuzupazuzu Posts: 1,728member


    If the fake OtterBox don't fit, you must acquit.

  • Reply 3 of 11
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 12,785member
    bageljoey wrote: »
    When you can't innovate, litigate¡

    Innovate is exactly what Otter box did in this case. This usage of the patent and trademark system is exactly what the system is designed to do, protect the innovator from the ripoff artists.
  • Reply 4 of 11

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bageljoey View Post



    When you can't innovate, litigate¡


    but if you can and do innovate - don't litigate  ? that makes sense

  • Reply 5 of 11
    Somebody post photos of rugged PDAs with the caption "LOL @ OTTERBOX". /s
  • Reply 6 of 11

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wizard69 View Post





    Innovate is exactly what Otter box did in this case. This usage of the patent and trademark system is exactly what the system is designed to do, protect the innovator from the ripoff artists.


     


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Right_said_fred View Post


    but if you can and do innovate - don't litigate  ? that makes sense



    He was being sarcastic...

  • Reply 7 of 11
    I care about what Samsung and Google are up to because they are competitors to Apple.

    I care about what AT&T, Verizon, et al are doing, as they directly impact Apple's fortunes.

    Otterbox could disappear tomorrow and it would make no difference whatsoever for Apple. This article is so remotely related to Apple it's ridiculous.
  • Reply 8 of 11
    rayzrayz Posts: 814member
    Apple should buy Otterbox; they seem to have better lawyers on staff.
  • Reply 9 of 11
    debbdebb Posts: 1member
    Manufacturers are iPhone crazy and are saturating the market with all types of infringing and counterfeit accessories-cases, cables, chargers. They will be following behind with Samsung items as well.
  • Reply 10 of 11


    It floors me that anyone cannot see that innovation is threatened by knock offs and those that outright steal names, designs, logos and products. If it were your products, and your investment that was involved, your perspective would be entirely different! Stealing ideas, products advertising copy, designs etc. is no different than a thief coming to your home at night and taking your person effects!  Get real!

  • Reply 11 of 11
    sharshar Posts: 1member
    With Otterboxes, consumers can't always tell if they are buying fakes. People trust the discounted prices at mall kiosks but these pop up establishments have been raided for selling fakes. I have seen real and fakes of various levels, and even the "higher end" fakes will not last nor will they protect your expensive phone. http://www.wivb.com/news/crime/homeland-security-raids-mall-kiosks
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