Apple Reaches Deal with New York City Stores Selling Counterfeit Apple Products

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Reuters reports that Apple has reached a proposed settlement with two New York City retail stores accused of selling counterfeit Apple products. Under the terms of the deal, which must still be approved by the courts, the two stores would surrender all counterfeit products carrying the word "Apple" or any of the company's trademarks.

The proposed settlement, lodged in Brooklyn federal court on Thursday, would resolve a trademark-infringement lawsuit filed last July against Apple Story Inc and Fun Zone Inc, two stores in the Chinatown section of Flushing, Queens, that sell cases, headsets and other accessories for Apple products such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod. The two stores maintain they have not violated any Apple trademarks.

If U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto approves the settlement, the stores will have five days to turn over any counterfeit products in their inventories, as well as any products, labels, packaging, promotional materials and other items that bear any Apple trademarks, including the well-known image of an apple and proprietary phrases such as "iPod" and "iPad."

The owners of one of the stores, Apple Story, have also agreed to change the store's name and to remove an iPhone-shaped window display from the store.

Apple has been stepping up its efforts to combat unauthorized retail stores and the sale of counterfeit Apple products. The company has been focusing a significant amount of effort in China, where it is experiencing strong growth, but has reportedly been hampered in its efforts by uncooperative authorities in many cases.

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119 months ago
Those people in the outer boroughs - they might as well be in China. :D :rolleyes:
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119 months ago

Those people in the outer boroughs - they might as well be in China. :D :rolleyes:

Ummmm, so what are you trying to say? lol I live in Whitestone, just outside of Flushing and man, they call it "Little Seoul" back in Korea. It does however have the BEST Asian food in all of NYC. I'm a little bummed about Apple Story having to change it's name. Stuff like that is part of what gives Main Street it's character for those of us that have a sense of humor. It's almost as good as the badly translated signs. Ever seen the one the says "Mental Jingles"? It's been 5 years and for the life of me I still don't know what they are. Just precious.
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119 months ago
jibber-jabber
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119 months ago

And they are lucky to have a Japanese judge for this case. Couldn't get any better...


You do realise the Japanese and Chinese hate each other, right?
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119 months ago
Time for a new business model

I wonder who, exactly, thought that copying Apple products, then selling them in the US, would be a good idea.

Best to stop it now, before Samsung gets any (more) ideas...
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119 months ago
This thread made me hungry, so of course I had to take a drive to Flushing and eat. Went to the "Golden Mall" which has about 10 different small booths selling food. I ate at Xi'An stall, which makes dishes with 'hand pulled" noodles. I had the tangy & Spicy beef noodles soup. Awesome! Feels like you are right in China. I had to point to what I wanted.

Sorry for going off topic.......
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