Copycats, the winners of the Plagiarius Competition 2019 have been announced @Ambiente!

February 11, 2019

Staub, Victronix, even Japanese Bnriners…. Plagiarism is rife in the manufacturing industry thanks to globally diverse supply chains and access to materials. At Ambiente, we saw the sgady ‘winners’ of the Plagiarius competition announced.

And here they are:

1st Prize – Angle Seat Valve “Type 2000”

Original: Bürkert Werke GmbH & Co. KG, Ingelfingen, Germany

Plagiarism: Ningbo ACME Industrial Automation Co., Ltd., Ningbo, PR China

The imitator copied a whole product line. He infringes both, the internationally registered figurative mark (4 stripes) and the design (i.a. China). The 1:1 copy of the valve features all Bürkert-typical design elements, such as the frames around the numbers at the brass valve body, so that there is high risk of confusion.

2nd Prize – Toy Excavator “Liebherr Articulated Road Loader”

Original: BRUDER Spielwaren GmbH + Co. KG, Fuerth, Germany

Plagiarism: Manufacturer: Hengheng Toys Factory, Shantou, PR China

The German vendor of the plagiarism has signed a cease- and desist declaration and paid a compensation fee The plagiarism is smaller, but design, technology and proportions are a 100% copy of the original product. The cheap materials and the poor workmanship (instable, loose small parts) reflect the inferior quality

3rd Prize – Staub Cocotte Cast Iron Roaster

Original: ZWILLING J.A. Henckels AG, Solingen, Germany

Plagiarism: Manufacturer: Zhejiang Keland Electric Appliance Co., Ltd., Zhejiang, PR China

Diverse German and European vendors have signed cease- and desist declarations. The imitator has copied 1:1 all characteristic design features of the original; however, the plagiarism is not made of premium cast iron but of cheap aluminium and costs only one tenth of the original.

And these were awarded a ‘Distinction’

Busch-Presence detector KNX

Original: Busch-Jaeger Elektro GmbH, Luedenscheid, Germany

Plagiarism: Hefei Ecolite Software Co., Ltd., Hefei, PR China

Design and functionality are a brazen 1:1 copy of the original. However, the plagiarism is weaker in performance and the detection range is smaller. Busch- Jaeger has registered design patents i.a. in the EU and also in China.

Hand Shower “Croma Select S Multi”

Original: Hansgrohe SE, Schiltach, Germany

Forgery: Cixi City Changhe Ainuohua Sanitary Ware Factory, Zhejiang, PR China

Plagiarism: Cixi City Changhe Yihao Sanitary Factory, Zhejiang, PR China

Both imitators violate Hansgrohe’s design rights in China. For the counterfeit (middle) even “hansgrohe” in Chinese characters is used, for which trademark rights exist. The plagiarism (right) is offered via WeChat. The copies cost the equivalent of Euro 0.85 / 0.89 and are correspondingly inferior in material and product quality.


Original: Reisenthel Accessoires GmbH & Co. KG, Gilching, Germany

Plagiarism: Chinese Bicycle Factory, Hebei, PR China

The overall impression of original and plagiarism is identical; however, the plagiarism is inferior regarding materials and workmanship. The German vendor of the plagiarism has signed a cease- and desist declaration.

Silicone Mould “ECLIPSE” 

Original: SILIKOMART S.r.l., Mellaredo di Pianiga, Italy

Plagiarism: Manufacturer: unknown, PR China

The product design is a 100% copy of the original product. Likewise (almost) identical – and therefore misleading – are packaging design, company name and product name. The poor quality silicone is highly unlikely to have undergone the post curing process, which is obligatory for products that are in contact with foods.

by Anil George
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