Search Department of Consumer Protection Filtered Topic Search

Trademark Infringement -- Knockoffs

Selling knock-off trademarked merchandise is illegal.Sale and distribution of trademarked goods is a federal crime and punishable by imprisonment and fines under the Lanham Trade-Mark Act, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission.

The federal Lanham Trade-Mark Act also prohibits any use of another's trademarks that is "likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person, or as to the origin, sponsorship, or approval of his or her goods, services, or commercial activities by another person."  

Selling knock-off items is also a violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, Section 42-110b.

Also see Connecticut General Statutes: 35-11i, (Trademarks and Service marks)

Connecticut criminal law (Forgery, and related offenses)

53a-141 (criminal simulation)

53a-139 (forgery)

53-347-a, (counterfeit statute)