Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, although certain patent lawyers might disagree. Despite this phrase being uttered by the English cleric Charles Caleb Colton sometime in the 19th century, patent law has been in existence since at least 500 B.C.E. in Greece—although the rights were usually only granted for short periods of time.


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Fast-forward to the 21st century, and the battle between counterfeiters and patent holders is in full swing. This list of the best (worst?) knock-offs shows how far bootleggers will go to rip a good idea off, and sometimes, the results are hilarious.

Do you have any photos of funny forgeries? Post them below, or vote on your favorite!

#1 Dolce & Banana

Dolce & Banana

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#2 Binbows

Binbows

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KenLee 1 year ago

This one looks more like from Japan than China.

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#3 Mike

Mike

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DaHunter 1 year ago

Personalized Nike

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#4 Red Labial

Red Labial

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#5 Specialman

Specialman

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ChrisCarstens 1 year ago

Super hero Forest Gump

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#6 Diversifying In To New Sectors, I See

Diversifying In To New Sectors, I See

Scholeskjaer Report

RuthWilliams 1 year ago

Yep, not China. Probably why the article's titled 'Products from China AND [other] COUNTRIES that don't care...'

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#7 I Think I'm Gonna Get A New Pair Of Iphones

I Think I'm Gonna Get A New Pair Of Iphones

sam_jam Report

KenLee 1 year ago

Should call it iShoe.

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#8 Delicious Burgers, Now With Less Monarchy!

Delicious Burgers, Now With Less Monarchy!

zamza Report

MasoudArianezhad 1 year ago

that's in Iran

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#9 Master Beef

Master Beef

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OrleiFabricio 1 year ago

MasterCarne would have been better

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#10 Nailed It

Nailed It

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DanielleGoedhart 1 year ago

Actually a better name than the original as that is only for boys... :)

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#11 Pimp Not Puma

Pimp Not Puma

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AmyHedges 1 year ago

I think that one was intentional

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#12 Sunbucks

Sunbucks

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LyoneFein 1 year ago

I LOVE this one. This graphic rules!!!!

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#13 Didn't Know Microsoft Were In The Sunscreen Industry

Didn't Know Microsoft Were In The Sunscreen Industry

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DavidRebataLanda 1 year ago

Maybe Explorer might actually work in that area

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#14 Polystation

Polystation

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KuhanMadhan 1 year ago

That's how u bring two gaming co.s together.

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#15 Harry Potter

Harry Potter

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gladysalambay 1 year ago

Sonic the presidential wizard

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