Fake AirPods shipment seized in Ohio for trademark violation

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It is no news that quite a few number of counterfeit and substandard products are going round the globe. Some successfully entered the market, while others were intercepted by law enforcement agencies.

Based on reports by CNN, about 36,000 headphones were recently seized by the US Customs and Border Protection officers of Ohio. These headphones looked exactly like Apple’s AirPods at first glance. But a proper look at it reveals that it is actually a counterfeit (fake Airpods).

The CBP in Cincinnati carried out an investigation which revealed that the headphones came from China in three shipments. According to a news release on Friday, CBP said these counterfeit products violated the “trademark and copyright codes”.

In addition to this, the release said the wireless headphones violated trademarks that “protected Apple configuration” recorded with CBP.


In a statement by Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie, he said and I quote, “Counterfeit products can be deceiving at first glance. They’re often cheaper and can appear very similar to the real thing. However, inferior products can end up costing consumers more than if they purchased the genuine item because of the high likelihood of substandard materials and malfunctioning parts.”

The CBP inspected the shipments on May 6. The inspection shows that the shipments contained boxes labelled “Elite Pods”. These boxes also housed the headphones in a case that resembles the real AirPods. The three shipments were headed towards Dayton, Kentucky, but were seized on May 11 and 13.

CBP estimated the worth of the counterfeit headphones to be about $5,280. On the other hand, if it was the real Airpods, it worth will be $7.16 million.

“Supporting legitimate businesses is the smart choice, and buying from trusted companies protects against potential human rights violations and damage to our economy,” Gillespie said.

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