Published On: Thu, Sep 18th, 2014

Puerto Rico customs seize counterfeit iPhone 6 phones and accessories

counterfeit_iphonesSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers and import specialists seized in late August two fraudulent iPhone 6 cell phones among other counterfeit phones and cell phone accessories, infringing the intellectual property rights of Apple and Samsung.

The various courier consignments inspected by CBP officers at the San Juan Air Cargo facility, revealed other fake products such as two Samsung Galaxy phones, and 319 iPhone cell phone panels.

“Counterfeiters have the audacity of selling fakes even before the new branded product makes its official unveiling,” stated Marcelino Borges, director of field operations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. “Our CBP field operations officers will continue to target and seizes imports of counterfeit and pirated goods, and enforce exclusion orders on patent-infringing and other IPR goods.”

Consumers seek and purchase particular brands of products, believing that such brands have an intrinsic counterfeit_samsungsguarantee of their quality. Without a brand to protect, counterfeiters just seek to produce superficial quality products and take advantage of the loyalty that consumers have for a branded product. Poor quality products end up destroying the reputation of the copied brand, when it becomes impossible to distinguish the real product from a counterfeit.

CBP protects businesses and consumers every day through an aggressive IPR enforcement program.

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