OnePlus Buds: US Customs seizes 2,000 “counterfeit Apple AirPods”

For years Apple’s design has been offering concepts for kind of brazen copies. In the present case, it has hit a cargo of OnePlus Buds, that are apparently too near Apple’s design and have subsequently been seized by the US Customs and Border Protection.

A number of days in the past, US customs introduced a seemingly regular discover of counterfeit electronics through Twitter and press release. However, on second look, one realizes that it isn’t only a load of low-cost 1:1 copies of Apple AirPods that arrived in white bins with deceptive labels from the far east.

As the images present, it’s fairly clearly a supply consisting of two,000 OnePlus Buds. The Verge experiences that the supply got here from Hong Kong and reached John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on August 31st. The vacation spot of the supply was Nevada.

The press launch additionally mentions an estimated worth of the products – if that they had been “genuine” – of 398,000 US US Dollars. The OnePlus Buds in fact don’t price $199, however solely $79. The motive for the confiscation is a violation of Apple’s “product configuration trademark“, in different phrases, the design of the AirPods themselves.

OnePlus was calm and took the chance to react to the tweet from the authorities:

OnePlus Buds: Seizure was not a mistake

The Verge additionally wished to make certain and rule out that it might have been only a mistake by the authorities. There was a clear reaction to a request for remark, which appears to rule this out. This confirmed as soon as once more {that a} “CBP import specialist determined that the subject earbuds appeared to violate Apple’s configuration trademark”. Hence the supply was seized.

Furthermore, additionally they reacted to the query of whether or not it was not doable to obviously see from the packaging that the product was a official OnePlus product and never “fake AirPods”. The easy reply is that the packaging didn’t play a task on this case. “A company does not have to put an ‘Apple’ wordmark or design on their products to violate these trademarks,” the assertion stated.

OnePlus or the importers of the product will now have the prospect to show that the headphones do not violate the related recorded logos, a spokesperson stated.

OnePlus repeatedly refused to touch upon the case to The Verge. The headphones will proceed to be accessible as standard at numerous retailers within the USA. Furthermore, Apple has not initiated any authorized motion towards OnePlus based mostly on the OnePlus Buds.


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