Speck Products, based out of Mountain View, California, is one of the leading accessory makers for iOS devices and other consumer electronics. Due to its success within the industry, however, Speck has seen a number of smaller firms counterfeiting its products in an attempt to ride the wave.
In an attempt to tackle the problem aggressively, Speck has filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against Katinkas USA, including its chief executive, for selling carbon copies of its official Speck cases and accessories. Katinkas did not immediately comment on the matter.
“Counterfeiting is a very big problem in the accessories market,” Speck CEO Irene Baran said in an interview. “We’re going to go after this. It’s illegal and it hurts us companies and there’s a lot of it going on.”
Speck Products has accused Katinkas USA of both copyright and trademark infringement in a Central District of California Federal Court, claiming that it purposefully bought the counterfeit products from Amazon and eventually identified Katinkas USA as the seller.