iPhone maker Apple has alleged that most of the iPhone and iPad charging cables and adapters available on Amazon are fake and they are counterfeit products.
Apple has filed a lawsuit against Mobile Star, one of the supplier to Amazon, accusing it of trademark and copyright infringement, said Patently Apple. They were sporting Apple logo and images. Apple is seeking $150,000 for copyright infringement and $2 million for trademark infringement.
Apple has reportedly bought many chargers from Mobile Star and found out that they were of inferior quality, with a flawed design and improper insulation. Since customers have faith in Amazon for good quality products, the cheap counterfeit products made their way into the hands many gullible customers, said Apple.
One of the 100 products had Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN) B012YEWP2K, though that product page was deleted by Amazon. Apple furnished a screenshot of the page which was “Apple 5W USB Wall Charger Power Adapter with 1m Lightning Cable for iPhone 5/5c/5s/6/6 Plus” with a price tag of $9.35. However, Amazon has stated that it works directly with sellers and not the wrongdoers.
Apple has alleged in its lawsuit that in the last nine months “has purchased well over 100 iPhone devices, Apple power products, and Lightning cables sold as genuine by sellers on Amazon.com and delivered through Amazon’s “Fulfillment by Amazon” program.”
Apple’s internal tests revealed almost 90% of these products are counterfeit. “Apple is concerned that consumers are being deceived into purchasing counterfeit products on Amazon.com and elsewhere in the mistaken belief that they are purchasing genuine Apple products,” it said in its lawsuit.