February 28th 2013

Negative Award "Plagiarius" ceremony

On February 15, 2013 the negative award ´Plagiarius´ was bestowed in Frankfurt at the annual `Ambiente` - the world`s largest consumer goods trade fair - during an international press conference. Since 1977 Aktion Plagiarius e.V. grants this anti-prize to those manufacturers and distributors whom the jury has found guilty of making or selling ´the most flagrant´ (design) imitations.

This year Qatar was awarded with the first prize due to the counterfieted Latina streetlamps installed on `Al Waab Stret`, Doha, Qatar

Negative award "Plagiarius" is an important international recognition towards Latina streetlamp copies fight and a big step for Intellectual Property Rights protection.



The jury met on January 12, 2013. Three main prizes, 2 special prizes and five distinctions (equal in rank) were awarded; total entities: 43.


2. Prize
Porcelain-Series `isola` (4 pieces)

Originals: Porcelanas da Costa Verde SA, Vagos, Portugal
Design: Studio Levien, London, Great Britain
Plagiarisms: Distribution: GALERIA Kaufhof GmbH, Cologne, Germany (under their own brand "Galeria home")

3. Prize
Miter Cutter (with stop faces at 45°)

Original: Gebr. Schröder GmbH, Kiel, Germany (Trademark `Original-LÖWE`, here OEM branded for company `Würth`)
Plagiarism: Distribution: Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG, Künzelsau, Germany
Country of Origin: Taiwan – not indicated

Five ´Distinctions` (equal in rank) were awarded:

Window Vacuum `Window Vac WV 75 plus`
Original: Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG, Winnenden, Germany
Plagiarism: Manufacturer: Ningbo Elmar Electric Manufacture Co., Ltd., Zhejiang, PR China
Distribution: Ningbo Yadi Import & Export Co., Ltd., Zhejiang, PR China

Toy Concrete-Mixer "MB Actros"
Original: BRUDER Spielwaren GmbH + Co. KG, Fürth, Germany
Plagiarism: HM Studio a.s., Horomerice, Czech Republic

Ceramic Knife Sharpener
Original: Master Cutlery Corporation, Funabashi, Japan
Plagiarism: Manufacturer: Zhejiang Dasheng Mould Plastic Co., Ltd., Zhejiang, PR China
Distribution: A Swedish Distributor has found a mutual agreement with Master Cutlery prior to the jurymeeting and removed the plagiarisms from the market

Silicone moulds "EasyChoc-ROBOCHOC"
Original: SILIKOMART S.R.L., Mellaredo di Pianiga, Italy
Plagiarism: Distribution: PLÁSTICOS VIDAL S.L, Ollería, Spain

Egg Cup "McEgg"
Original: WMF AG, Geislingen/Steige, Germany
Plagiarism: Distribution: RNA Resources Group Ltd., Dubai

The Jury of the Plagiarius-Competition 2013:

Each year the jury is put together individually with specialists from diverse sectors (Design, Intellectual Property, Business, Media etc.). The following persons formed this years" jury:

Dr. Gabriele Holthuis
Director Ulm Museum, Ulm

Iris Mann
Mayor of Culture, Education and Social Affairs, Ulm

Harald Molle
Managing Director NewTec GmbH, Pfaffenhofen an der Roth

Wolfgang Schaupensteiner
Senior Public Prosecutor, Department of Public Prosecution, Frankfurt am Main

Heike Tscherwinka
Managing Director EVL e.V. - European Association Lifestyle, Türkheim

Dipl.-Ing. Dirk Wember
Managing Director HAAS Schleifmaschinen GmbH, Trossingen

Prof. Dr. Peter Wesner
Publisher, Verlag form GmbH & Co. KG, Frankfurt am Main

Steffen Zimmermann
VDMA e.V.,, Frankfurt am Main

Legal Advice:

Dr. Aliki Busse
Lawyer, Busse & Partner - Lawfirm, Munich

Here some pictures of the cermony in where architect and Latina streetlamp designer Beth Gali and Santa & Cole"s chairman Javier Nieto Santa collected the "award".


Thank you all.

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