Trademark Counterfeiting in Scranton

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Have you ever seen a product from a name-brand designer or major manufacturer being sold for pennies on the dollar, leading you to believe the deal is actually too good to be true? That’s because it probably is. While the product before you might look authentic, odds are it’s actually a fake designed to look like the real thing, including using the designer or brand’s name, but is in fact in no way related to those companies. This merchandise is known as “counterfeit” in legal terms, and creating counterfeits is punishable by law due to the damage they can do to a trademark and its reputation or income.

If you’re accused of trademark counterfeiting, a Scranton criminal defense attorney can help you effectively fight back against your charges. At the Law Offices of William D. Thompson, our primary goal is to help you reach the best possible outcome to your case. We believe that a strong relationship between our clients and their legal representative is a key part of any successful case, and we strive to develop lifelong attorney-client relationships that are based in trust and open communication. We understand how important your case is to you, and thus we keep your best interests at the forefront of every strategic decision we make.

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What Constitutes “Trademark Counterfeiting?”

Trademarks are designed to give individuals or companies the right to control the use of intellectual property, including manufacturing and selling particular designs in order to profit from them. When someone takes this trademark, including a brand name, and uses it for their own personal gain without authorization, those perpetrating this violation of intellectual property rights could be subject to penalties.

There are three general classifications of trademark counterfeiting in Pennsylvania:

  • Misdemeanor of the first degree: possession of at least 25 but less than 100 items with counterfeit marks, which is punishable by up to five years in prison
  • Felony of the third degree: second-offenses for misdemeanor trademark counterfeiting, possessing counterfeit items with a retail value between $2,000 and $10,000, or possessing between 100 and 1,000 items with a counterfeit mark, which carries up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
  • Felony of the second degree: Possessing more than 1,000 items with counterfeit marks, or with a total retail value of more than $10,000 is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

In addition to the criminal consequences you could be facing, the trademark owner could bring a lawsuit against you for damages caused by your counterfeits, which could lead to thousands or even millions of dollars in additional damages and reparations to your victim. This means it’s extremely important to retain an attorney who can stand up for your rights and fight to help you protect your name and your freedoms throughout your case.

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