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

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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10 Comments

1. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

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

4. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 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.

6. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

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

2. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

It must be the same as apple but cheaper

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

May Be I should go there and check it out

5. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

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

7. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Very true. You actually do have good points

8. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Thank you

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

10. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

They tried already

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