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US Customs seize 36,000 Fake AirPods in Cincinnati

Counterfeit Airpods seized by US Customes and Border Patrol officers in Cincinnati. Photo: US CBP

Cincinnati, May 15 (MNN) The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Cincinnati have seized tens of thosands of earbuds in violation of Apple’s protection configurations from three large shipments from China.

The CBP s said on Friday that the consignment was inspected by CBP officers on May 6, but declared seized on May 11 and 13 after consultations with an import specialist from CBP’s Center of Excellence and Expertise as the items were found to be in violation of CBP trademark and copyright codes.

Apple has configuration trademarks on their AirPods and has recorded those trademarks with CBP.

Furthermore, a company does not have to put the ‘Apple’ wordmark or design on their products to violate these trademarks.

In this instance, further inspection of the earbuds revealed that their shape and design replicated the protected Apple configuration.

Each shipment contained 12,000 fake AirPods, for a total of 36,000. Although each package had a declared value of 5,280 dollars, the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for all the AirPods would have been 7.16 million dollars, had they been genuine.

The shipments were destined for an address in Dayton, Kentucky.

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