Apple has reached an agreement with several New York retailers who were selling fake Apple products out of stores in Flushing, New York.
Owners, Janice Po Chiang and Jimmy Kwok and other unnamed John Does, were operating stores under the names, ‘Apple Story and Fun Zone.’ “Apple representatives visited … Apple Story and Fun Zone stores on multiple occasions over several weeks and purchased an assortment of cases and stereo headsets bearing one or more of the Apple trademarks, but which are not made or authorized by Apple,” Apple said in its original August filing.
The cases, for example, include the Apple logo and iPhone mark and include the phrase “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” There are also markings that one would find on the back of genuine Apple products, the lawsuit said. Apple does not produce or allow anyone to sell iPhone cases with the Apple or iPhone logos or iPod and iPad cases that mimic the back of the MP3 players and tablets, the company said.
Apple said the packaging used in the Flushing stores is “nearly an exact duplicate of genuine Apple packaging and appears to be a color copy of a genuine box, which has resulted in some minor differences in the box that an average purchaser would not notice.”
Under the deal, which was submitted to a New York district court on Thursday, the owners of Apple Story and Fun Zone stores must hand over all their fake Apple goods within five days of the agreement’s approval. Apple will then destroy the items. The owners, Janice Po Chiang and Jimmy Kwok and the other unnamed John Does, must also stop using the Apple name as part of the name of their stores.
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