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22 more Fake Apple Stores discovered

Posted by on 18/08/2011

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The authorities in Kunming, China has identified 22 more fake Apple stores, not too long after the controversy surrounding the discovery of those types of stores by an American blogger based in China.

They have ordered that the stores remove the Apple logo, this coming after Apple filed a complaint with the Chinese government stating that stores using their branding, logos and titles were competing unfairly and violating international trademarks held by Apple. While 3 of 5 stores in the first bust were given the all clear to continue on the basis that they regularize their status with Apple, these stores were not given the chance and have to rebrand so they didn’t give consumers the impression that they were a representative branch of the Apple giant.

These constant checks have come after a blogger posted pictures back in July of many stores pretending to be Apple stores. Two of the five in the initial bust were forced to close down on the basis of not having a business license, while the other three applied for proper licensing from Apple. While Chinese laws state that companies should not produce products to copy the “look and feel” of competing brands, it has always been a troubling issue especially in the automotive industry.

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