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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 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.


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