Copying and product piracy: „Plagiarius“ 2019 at German Ambiente

Veröffentlicht am: 11. February, 2019

In order to give particularly cheeky counterfeits in product piracy and brand piracy a negative rating, the Plagiarius award was presented at the Frankfurt trade fair for consumer goods Ambiente for the 43rd time.


PlagiariusSince 1977, Aktion Plagiarius e.V. has been awarding the dreaded negative Prize to manufacturers and retailers of particularly bold imitations and counterfeits. The aim of the association is to sensitize politicians and consumers to the problem. Fortunately already numerous imitators for fear of the Prämierung with the Plagiarius looked for an agreement with the original manufacturer, informed the association action Plagiarius registered association in its press release to the honor of this year, so that for example remainder stocks of the plagiarisms were taken from the market, cease and desist declarations signed or suppliers were revealed. Because before the annually changing jury selects the winners,
the alleged plagiarisers are informed about their nomination and are also given the opportunity to comment, the association informs in its press release.

The award “Plagiarius” is symbolized in the form of a dwarf with a golden nose as an indication of the unfair and abundant profits that the imitators make at the expense of innovative manufacturers and creative designers. The “Plagiarius” award, however, does not say whether the imitation in question is legally permissible or illegal. A glance at the customs statistics reveals how necessary it is to direct politicians and consumers towards product and brand piracy: according to the EU Commission, in 2017 alone the European customs authorities confiscated more than 31 million infringing products with a total value of over 580 million euros at the EU’s external borders, and the proportion of counterfeit, potentially dangerous goods continues to rise. But as long as there is a demand for copied goods, they will be served.

Product- und Trademark piracy: And the winner is …

First place: Schrägsitzventil „Typ 2000“

Bürkert Schrägsitzventile










Left original, right forgery // Image rights: Aktion Plagiarius e.V.

Original: Bürkert Werke GmbH & Co. KG, Ingelfingen, Deutschland
Plagiat: Ningbo ACME Industrial Automation Co., Ltd., Ningbo, VR China


Second place: Spielzeugbagger „Liebherr Radlader“

Bruder Spielzeugbagger










Left original, right forgery // Image rights: Aktion Plagiarius e.V.

Original: BRUDER Spielwaren GmbH + Co. KG, Fürth, Deutschland
Plagiat: Hersteller: Hengheng Toys Factory, Shantou, VR China


Third place: Gusseiserner Bräter „Staub Cocotte“

Zwilling Bräter










Left original, right forgery // Image rights: Aktion Plagiarius e.V.

Originale: ZWILLING J.A. Henckels AG, Solingen, Deutschland
Plagiate: Hersteller: Zhejiang Keland Electric Appliance Co., Ltd., Zhejiang, VR China


Six more, negative awards of of equal rank were presented

In addition, six negative awards of equal rank have been awarded, among them also:

 Hans Grohe Handbrause „Croma Select S Multi“

Hans Grohe Handbrause










Left original, right forgery // Image rights: Aktion Plagiarius e.V.

Originale: Hansgrohe SE, Schiltach, Deutschland
Plagiate: Cixi City Changhe Yihao Sanitary Factory, Zhejiang, VR China
Fälschung: Cixi City Changhe Ainuohua Sanitary Ware Factory, Zhejiang, VR China

Fahrradkorb „Bikebasket“

Reisenthel Fahrradkorb










Left original, right forgery // Image rights: Aktion Plagiarius e.V.

Originale: Reisenthel Accessoires GmbH & Co. KG, Gilching, Deutschland
Plagiate: Chinesische Fahrrad-Fabrik aus Hebei, VR China



Plagiarius Prize Winner 2019 from 15 February at the Plagiarius Museum

In a unique exhibition, the Plagiarius Museum in Solingen shows more than 350 Plagiarius prize winners from a wide variety of industries – both original and plagiarized in direct comparison. Typical counterfeit stamps confiscated by customs are also on display. The Plagiarius Prize winners 2019 will be on display from 15 February at the Plagiarius Museum in Solingen.

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