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July 08, 2010

Careful of Fake Purses, Watches, and Jewelry

Ever wonder how people get away with selling fake Rolexes on the street or imitation designer purses? You might think that this sort of thing would be illegal and it is.
18 U.S.C. 2320 makes it illegal to traffic in counterfeit goods and is punishable by imprisonment of up to 10 years on a first offense. The fact that the seller tells you that the product is simply a replica does not make a difference. Courts have interpreted the law to punish those that traffic in counterfeit goods while acknowledging that their products are imitation the same since the presence of such goods is likely to create confusion in the marketplace
Such counterfeit goods are subject to forfeiture and destruction from anyone in possession of them so you are certainly better off saving for the real thing.