It was just announced that on March 7th, that a Federal Judge in Illinois granted the widely-known vaporizer manufacturer behind G Pens, Grenco Science, $47 million in damages from a group of 65 different online retailers found to be selling counterfeit versions of its products.
Chris Folkerts, the founder and CEO of Grenco Science shared the news via his Instagram @gpenlife the other evening saying, "if you're selling fake G Pens, we're coming for you next."
The Los Angeles, California based company has been the victim of counterfeiting like this for the last few years due to the widespread popularity of its vaporizers and other products.
The defendants in this case used Grenco's trademarks and collaborative designs to lead consumers to believe they are receiving genuine items instead of poorly made counterfeits.
While these counterfeiters may have ripped off the designs and look, the fake items generally used cheap batteries and materials, which can be not only short-lasting but even potentially hazardous to the user due to poor quality elements inside.
According to the release, "many of the unauthorized sites named in the lawsuit are based overseas and go to great lengths to conceal their identities and thwart shutdown. This includes operating under multiple fictitious names, using numerous merchant accounts and illegitimate search engine optimization tactics to drive traffic away from the genuine Grenco Science online store. The defendants often used logos and images directly sourced from Grenco Science to further deceive possible customers."
"This win represents the first of many in a continued effort against counterfeiters unlawfully infringing upon our intellectual property. And while we're thrilled with this initial outcome, let this serve as notice that we're only getting started," stated Chief Operating Officer Anthony Marino when asked for comment.
For more information, look up the case: GS Holistic, LLC v. Shejin Technology Co., LTD., et all (Case No. 17-cv-00246).