I came across this yesterday, apparently my brand THE IRON UNION is being counterfeited overseas and is very popular within the Chinese and India sportswear market.

I furiously contacted the seller this morning, by phone and direct message, and was told they purchased stock at a local Chinese sportswear sale. They thankfully removed the items for sale...but I'm certain that more will pop up somewhere sometime soon.

Looks like he has a bunch of popular fitness brands up there with counterfeited designs as well. Most frustrating part is that people have posted photos wearing my counterfeited brand.

So lame...and maddening. Not only are they stealing and altering my brand identity, they have stolen my design work and put it on some stupid polka dot and camo shirts with some weird shit on the back.

There really isn't much that can be done about this but I would have been less irritated by this if they just made counterfeits of the actual apparel, and not some lame colorful made-up bullshit like this.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/gymgearsbd/photos/?ref=page_internal

http://www.theironunion.co


  • TK

    Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? They are pretty disgusting versions.
  • Yuffie25

    Yeah I dont know what the world is coming to
  • dbdesign

    TK said:Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? They are pretty disgusting versions.

    If a guy stole your car, would you be flattered that he thought your car was cool enough to steal?

    Doubt it.
  • TK

    dbdesign said:
    TK said:Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? They are pretty disgusting versions.

    If a guy stole your car, would you be flattered that he thought your car was cool enough to steal?

    Doubt it.

    True, although I didn't design my car and it's insured against theft. If it gets stolen, I get a new one or a cash payout equivalent to the value.

    You could also protect your property (logo and brand name) with an international trademark. You can apply to register your trade mark in countries which have signed-up to an agreement, called the ‘The Madrid Protocol’. Countries signed up to the agreement: http://www.azrights.com/services/intellectual-property/trademarks/madrid-protocol-countries/

    You can see that the U.S; China and India are all signed up. I only know about this because I went through the same process after an Australian company started using a brand name that we owned, over 10 years ago. They didn't copy our brand like these guys have blatantly copied yours!

    You must be doing something right for folks in other countries to think its worth counterfeiting. That's why I mentioned flattery.
  • Sotare

    From what I've heard from other brand owners, China is notorious for this. One dude had a whole Flickr album dedicated to the knockoff of his products that he and his customers would stumble across. I've even heard that factories will manufacture something for a US client, and then turn around afterwards and produce it to sell for themselves.

    At least the items have been removed for now... although they're probably being sold on a street somewhere in China.
  • Cameron Latham

    Yeah, there's honestly not much you can do. The counterfeit industry in China and the like is massive; likely due to the amount of manufacturing done there, as Sotare mentioned.

    For example, you can get what they call unauthorized authentic Nike and Adidas shoes for a fraction of the price of the genuine product. The only difference is that it comes from some random in China than a retailer.

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