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First fake Apple store found in Kunming, China  (Source: kottke.org)
Apple China has accused the fake Apple retailers of violating its registered trademark and of unfair competition

Just last month, investigators found an unauthorized Apple retailer in Kunming, China after an American living in the city blogged about the store's products. The fake Apple store imitated a legitimate Apple store, right on down to the white walls, wood display tables, and employees with Apple t-shirts.

The reselling of Apple devices and other brands/products in China has become more and more common due to the fact that these items can be purchased for a cheaper price in other countries and smuggled into China to escape taxes.

While Chinese law protects trademarks and bans the act of mimicking a company's "look," consistent enforcement is a problem. In fact, the U.S. Trade Representative's office named China one of the worst violators at preventing copyright theft for the seventh consecutive year. Other Western countries have agreed that China is not doing enough to eliminate intellectual property theft.

After the Kunming store was identified, authorities inspected 300 additional stores in the city and managed to locate 22 more fake Apple retailers. It was unclear if these shops were selling legitimate, smuggled Apple products or knock-offs.

These unauthorized Apple retailers have been forced to stop using Apple's logo, and a complaint hotline along with increased monitoring is being put into place to prevent any further reselling of Apple products.

Apple China has accused the fake Apple retailers of violating its registered trademark and of unfair competition as well.


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By amanojaku on 8/12/2011 2:44:34 PM , Rating: 1
Apple needed the stores to sell its products at insane profit margins by eliminating middle men. It was necessary since Apple did not sell in large volume.

MS, which already has massive government and private contracts, has no need of a store. It's just being greedy and attempting to copy Apple, since it's clear that a poor economy isn't preventing people from flushing their money down the Apple drain. Which makes me wonder why Apple hasn't sued MS over a store patent, yet. "We created the Genius Bar. You're running it wrong!"


By Tony Swash on 8/12/2011 2:57:50 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Apple needed the stores to sell its products at insane profit margins by eliminating middle men. It was necessary since Apple did not sell in large volume.


Apple's revenues, profits and stock valuation are all greater than Microsoft and the gap is widening. Windows revenues are down.

Times change. For the better.

Microsoft has been chasing Apple's tail for a while now and it's falling so far behind it's losing sight of it. I really, really hope they keep Steve Ballmer as their CEO.


By ClownPuncher on 8/12/2011 3:04:29 PM , Rating: 2
When will you change, for the better?


By Flunk on 8/12/2011 3:34:41 PM , Rating: 3
Apple and Microsoft don't even sell the same product. Comparing them directly doesn't make any sense. Apple is a hardware vendor that happens to also make an OS (that they practically give away), Microsoft sells software exclusively.

If you're looking to compare Apple to someone compare them to Dell or HP at least that makes sense.

And everyone else hopes Balmer is gone tomorrow.


By nikon133 on 8/14/2011 9:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
Well I'm not.

While I agree SB looks like a 2nd hand car salesman, for me it is simple fact that product MS released under SB are superior to products MS released under last years of BG.

Eternal dragging of Windows Mobile, Windows XP, lack of innovation in Office suites, heck, even Server 2003 staying on longer than it should... I don't think any of those can be contributed to SB.

Under SB, MS turned lacklustre Vista to 7, Mobile 6.1 to Phone 7, released Server 2008 and 2008 R2, Hyper-V, Office 2007 and 2010 (and 2011 for Mac), and are on schedule for multi-platform Windows 8.

SB doesn't look or sound cosmicly charismatic like the other Steve, but I don't think he's doing such a bad job; in fact, I think MS is on wakeup path, after big fat slumber. It is just that such a big company cannot turn 180 on a dime, but I believe we'll be seeing more and more from MS in future.


By NellyFromMA on 8/15/2011 9:47:35 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Although, I don't so much think the pre-Balmer era (if you will) was so bad. Innovation in the entire world across every industry you can name flurished and even gave rise to many new industries.

The problem is, now everyone expects that same boom, from businesses to investors and anything short of an earth-shattering, atomic-bomb-dwarving release it deemed a failure for MS while Apple and Google push iterative recycled releases that could arguably be called patches. Google gets away with this as the vendor gets whath they pay for, but the end user is arguably different.

Still, my point is with MS, you have always gotten a superb product. Especially compared to anything relevant and comprable at the time, which typically was lagging behind in many crucial areas.

Arguably, you wouldn't have your android device to play with obssessively every day were it not for Microsoft creating the opportunity for Google to exist at all.

have a nice day!


By NellyFromMA on 8/15/2011 9:48:42 AM , Rating: 2
That is, except for Windows Millenium, which was the bane of existance.


By shane.carroll on 8/12/2011 9:52:10 PM , Rating: 2
Apple's revenues will plummet as soon as people like you will take off the blind fold, stop following jobs' every word, and buy the product that best suits their need and offers the best ratio of performance/cost. Oh, and when Apple tries competing in the tech market with innovation rather than lawyers, BS patents, and "you're-not-cool-if-you-don't-own-this" marketing. There's a reason why you have never had a comment that hasn't been modded down...


By nin9nine on 8/13/2011 10:36:20 AM , Rating: 3
you're an idiot


By Tony Swash on 8/13/2011 11:03:05 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
you're an idiot


I guess no amount of evidence is going to change your mind :)

quote:

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
  - Euripides


By christojojo on 8/14/2011 1:04:27 AM , Rating: 2
The reason Apple stores make money has little to do with being a store so much as a repair place that sells to those that buy a product that breaks. Case in point my iPod touch. Died after three months. They tried to accuse me of water damage didn't float ended up giving me a newly repaired replacement. The whole time I was there they try to seduce you into buying more stuff. Pure genius! The make an adequate product and it breaks down so they make you wait in a store smartest marketing gimmick in a long long while.
Being a fan of the product to the point of being blind is just not a good argument give actual facts not prideful statements . Give real links not marketing blah blah blah and I will give you merit otherwise you saying that apple and Jobs rule is just plan tardsville.


By web2dot0 on 8/14/2011 1:23:14 AM , Rating: 2
You really to stick to the topic. So are you going to bet that Apple's revenue going up next year or not? It's that simple. No one cares about your Apple woes. You don't like it, don't buy it. The question is whether Apple is expanding faster than Microsoft and who's going to make more profit.

Isn't this why corporations exists? It's not a charity organization you know.

You don't have to like reality, but you do have to accept it unfortunately :-D


By christojojo on 8/17/2011 1:46:56 AM , Rating: 2
Yawn


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