How to Stop Counterfeiters
Do you have counterfeiters knocking off your product or using your trademark? Don't know what to do about it? We have success in taking anti-counterfeit actions to get rid of infringers and get clients money in return. Here are some basic steps you can take.
Register your IPThe first step is to register your IP. This means you need to file your trademark application or design patent immediately. You will not be able to take any action against the counterfeiters until you get your registration. So this is the first step.
Submit takedown requestsWe see counterfeiters or infringers selling goods on selling platforms such as Amazon. These platforms have simple takedown forms that you can submit to have listings removed. You fill simply fill out a form online about the listing and tell the platform about the IP that you own and the platforms will normally remove the listing. This is a temporary fix because it can sometimes be like cutting off the heads of the hydra- you remove one and another takes it place. However, for a quick and easy solution where there are only a few infringers this is the best means.
Sue and collectWe sometimes come across situations where there are just too many online sellers infringing a client's trademark, copyright, or patent to realistically submit that many takedowns. There are situations where there are literally hundreds or thousands of listings using a client's trademark or infringing a client's copyright. In a situation like this we file a lawsuit. This process can take longer but is a mighty big hammer. We file a lawsuit against all infringers at once- kind of like a reverse class action suit. In one fell swoop we get listings taken down and collect money for the infringement on behalf of clients. In some cases there are too many infringers even for one lawsuit. In that case we breakdown the infringers into multiple lawsuits. Client's like these types of cases because they are able to recover money for lost sales due to the counterfeiters.