Retailer Takes on Counterfeiters Operating ‘Hundreds’ of Websites

Burberry has filed a trademark infringement suit against the operators of a number of online websites which allegedly sell counterfeit products. The complaint, filed yesterday, August 28 at the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleged that the counterfeiters use Burberry’s “reputation and good will” to sell knockoff products bearing Burberry’s trademarks.

Burberry alleged that the counterfeiters made online stores by “the hundreds or even thousands and design them to appear to be selling genuine Burberry products, while actually selling counterfeit products to unknowing consumers”.

The counterfeiters also allegedly use search engine optimisation tactics and social media spamming so that their internet stores appear high up in search results, misdirecting consumers away from genuine Burberry products. Additionally, Burberry said… World IP Review

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