Omix-ADA photo accompanying press release about legal decision

This is not fake news … but it is news about fakes: A US District Court has made a decision in favor of Omix-ADA, a company who complained of a Chinese company selling copies of their Jeep accessories.

You may recall the story of well-known U.S.-based Jeep accessory manufacturer Omix-ADA filing a complaint with the U.S District Court against Unity 4WD Accessories Co., a Chinese company hawking Jeep accessories which were suspiciously similar to products trademarked by other companies, proving once again that the term copyright infringement doesn’t seem to translate terribly well into Mandarin.

At the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas, the Guangzhou company was served with legal papers, quickly followed by a search and seizure operation which placed a temporary halt to the alleged illegal activity.

According to a press release from Omix-ADA, the companies who were found to be in violation, but agreed to abide by the terms of a settlement, were identified as Changzhou Jiulong Auto Lamps Factory and Sanmak Lighting Co. Ltd.

READ MORE: Omix-ADA Makes Statement Regarding Search and Seizures at SEMA, AAPEX

Companies who had not voluntarily agreed to terms were ordered to immediately cease manufacturing, importing, and selling of all the infringing products in the United States. All marketing materials and product inventory are to be destroyed, while tooling is ordered to be surrendered immediately. The companies affected by the injunction were identified as Guangzhou Vcan Electronic Technology Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Unisun Technology Co., Ltd., and Unity 4WD Accessories Co., Ltd.

While terms of the settlement were not made public, the agreement established clear-cut guidelines preserving the security of patents and other intellectual property. This is a good victory for both manufacturers and consumers. Knockoff products have a reputation for failing or not working as expected, putting off-roaders in danger if they suddenly find their cheap bumper jack folding like a house of cards during an emergency tire change.

With counterfeiting and infringement becoming a problem throughout the industry, aggressively combatting any occurrences through the proper legal channels makes it very clear that such actions will not be tolerated.

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