Canon wins lawsuit against eBay users selling counterfeits

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Canon USA have recently won a lawsuit against two eBay users who were flogging counterfeit Cannon batteries on the marketplace. Canon raised the issue in October 2019 stating that the sellers were using its trademark and therefor misleading the public into buying dangerous counterfeits that they thought were authentic. On December 12, 2019 Canon announced the victory through a press release also detailing their aim to protect consumers from unsafe products.

“Canon U.S.A., Inc. and its parent company, Canon Inc. of Japan, are pleased to announce that the companies have won a lawsuit involving the unauthorized and infringing use of the Canon trademarks and the illegal sale of counterfeit “Canon” merchandise against two defendants in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge C. Darnell Jones II entered a Final Consent Judgment on December 12, 2019 prohibiting the defendants from infringing and counterfeiting the valuable Canon trademarks. As part of the resolution, the defendants also paid a significant amount of money to Canon for their unlawful activities.”

The legal action against Joey Fang and Kyung “Kay” Kwak resulted from Canon’s investigation into the defendants’ distribution of counterfeit Canon camera batteries on eBay, and is part of Canon’s ongoing efforts to protect Canon consumers’ health and safety from counterfeit products. The complaint, which was filed on October 16, 2019, alleged that defendants’ unfair competition and misuse of the Canon trademarks to mislead the public as to the source and authenticity of the Canon trademarks could put Canon consumers’ safety at risk and damage Canon’s business and reputation. The Canon companies are represented by Mark Schonfeld of Burns & Levinson LLP of Boston, MA and Teri M. Sherman of Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP of Philadelphia, PA.

The affects of counterfeits

There are many issues caused by the selling of counterfeits. Consumers could end up in peril and with anything fake there is likely to be a lack of performance. It’s not just consumers who suffer but also sellers left battling against unfair competition from counterfeits being offered online at a cheaper prices to lure people in. Hopefully Canon’s case will help deter the likes of dodgy sellers & illegal goods and prompt other big brands to take action making eBay and other online marketplaces safer and fairer environments for consumers and genuine merchants.

5 Responses

  1. Ebay is riddled with fakes and Ebay is doing nothing about it. Just search for mens trainers and you will see how blatant it is. I’ve spoken to ebay about it and they’re not doing anything about it.

  2. Ebay not safe at all full off fake items and scams best shopping else were with my experience give ebay 0 star even there got 100% feed back still can get scammed ebay do nothing about it think head be for using ebay full off copyright to witch ebay will get lawsuit against eBay again if Microsoft new about fake windows keys on ebay

  3. Why would they do anything there making money from it knowing well there profiting from fakes.

    I’m sure if all fakes were removed from eBay that would have a detrimental effect on there profit.


  4. It is simple.
    Joe Customer buys a fake on eBay from Big Wang Corporation, who claim to be based in London.
    The fake arrives after 2 weeks and is obviously dangerous, fake, poor quality etc.
    Joe Customer is enraged and goes on to Faceache to tell all his mates that he bought the crappy fake on eBay – not from Big Wang Corporation.
    So all Joe’s mates avoid buying on eBay in the future, because they don’t want a crappy fake. Much better and safer to get the product from Amazon or a big store in this country.
    The end result is that we ALL LOSE.
    I don’t make a sale to one of Joe’s mates because he is afraid that I might supply a crappy fake.
    eBay don’t get their fees from my sale.
    Meanwhile, Big Wang Corporation moves on to its next victim……………………….


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