Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Wild Wild West (East)

I am amazed and appalled when I see such obvious attempts at ripping off trademarks and trade dress.  This fools no one, but it is still unacceptable.

Someone went to a lot of trouble to make the artwork, packaging etc. - they took the existing product and said to the factory, change any R to a Z.  Instzuctions foz use: Position youz Wizeless miczophone neaz pezfozmer.

Sounds like a sneeze coming, or maybe a little nap. Intellectual property disputes, counterfeiting, and back door gray market selling are on the rise, and some US companies are quite concerned.



LENNIE said...

Did you happen to see this in Boston, per chance? There's a store in Chinatown that I browsed through that had a ton of "Sony" stuff, when it was quite obvious it wasn't the general article. The packaging is usually what gives it away, if not just the overall poor quality and apperance in general.

Bob Crowley said...

This picture was sent in by a friend who spotted this in the far East. I doubt very much you will see this in North America.

In Boston we used to see "SONI" transistor radios, and "NIKOM" cameras too.