How eBay Deals With Counterfeit Products

If you’re going to be a product entrepreneur, sooner or later you will have to deal with counterfeit products. It doesn’t matter if you’re a tiny one item inventor or NIKE, it happens to everyone.

counterfeit products

counterfeit products

The first time I heard about a counterfeiter I looked up “wrist water bottle” on the search engines and found a picture of me wearing my own product on a Chinese website. Since it had a phone number I called them up. When they were trying to sell me my own product they spoke perfect English, until I told them they were selling a counterfeit product and I owned the intellectual property. Suddenly, “no English”.

When I found counterfeiters selling my product on ebay I called up the company to let them know. As a company that deals with multiple people selling everything from used bikes to used chewing gum thrown away by Brittany Spears, they have to keep a handle on counterfeits. [Read more…]

Project Copy Cat

Today ICE and Homeland Security carried out Project Copy Cat, seizing 70 websites selling counterfeit merchandise. The websites looked so much like the real sites that it was almost impossible to tell them apart. They even had SSL certificates which captured customers personal information and credit card numbers.

counterfeits

counterfeits

As the owner of patents, trademarks and copyrights, I have had an ongoing battle with counterfeiters in the past couple of years. One day I just happened to Google wrist water bottles and found a site in China that had a picture of me wearing my own product. When I called them they tried to sell me my product.

That’s when I launched infringerblacklist and spent the next 6 months getting the counterfeit products removed from the Internet. It was a daunting task. I finally managed to remove most of them from the Internet. But counterfeiters are like cockroaches. If you don’t keep it under control, they multiply. [Read more…]