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Two stores in the Chinatown section of Queens settle with Apple over counterfeit accessories

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Two stores in the Chinatown section of Queens settle with Apple over counterfeit accessories
Apple Story Inc and Fun Zone Inc have been indicted for selling counterfeit accessories for Apple products, such as cases and headsets with the fruit logo.

The stores, which are located in the Chinatown section of Queens, New York, are probably getting their supply directly from Chinese manufacturers, with which Apple is having a protracted battle, that managed to receive some headway lately, in part because of the special counterfeit investigation team Cupertino has put together.

The judge Kiyo Matsumoto has ordered both stores to turn over all inventory of the fake accessories in the next five days, despite that the shops claim they haven't infringed on any trademarks. Apple Story has also agreed to change its name to something less similar to Apple Store, and remove the huge window displays in the shape of an iPhone.

Apple's legal team has filed the suit in July, and sent secret shoppers numerous times to buy hundreds of dollars worth of the unauthorized accessories with the familiar "Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China" phrase.

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posted on 16 Sep 2011, 07:08 2

1. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


We dont have a china town in Queens. At least its not callled that. It's like China over there though.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 12:17 2

4. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


It's main street but unfortunately it's everyone's way of interpreting "Chinatown = Counterfeit". That's what happens when you have a large majority of dumbasses that buy stuff without knowing.
Sad part is people who actually buy from places like that are locals. Nobody goes all the way to Queens just to buy Apple accessories.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 12:24 2

6. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Great point. The real China town is in the city.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 08:12 1

2. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


It must be the same as apple but cheaper

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 10:52 1

3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6727; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


May Be I should go there and check it out

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 12:22 1

5. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. This is the price you must pay to be as big as Apple

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 12:25 1

7. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Very true. You actually do have good points

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 12:35 1

8. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Thank you

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 13:35

9. paxmoooos (unregistered)


Forcing to change the name just pisses me off. I guess we should change the name of apple THE fruit too....STUPID

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 18:06 1

10. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


They tried already

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