A New York federal judge recently granted Shenzhen Smoore Technology Limited (belonging to Smoore International Holdings Limited, hereinafter referred to as "Smoore", stock code: 6969.HK), the company behind the globally recognized Vaporesso e-cigarette brands, a $5.4 million default judgment and permanent injunction against over 100 defendants accused of selling Vaporesso and other Smoore's self-branded counterfeit goods. The default judgment is for $50,000 dollars per defendant and transfers to Smoore the frozen assets of the defaulting defendants. Smoore filed the complaint in October alleging trademark counterfeiting and infringement against defendants located in China but conducting business in the U.S. and other countries by means of their Merchant Storefronts on some online marketplace platforms. In the same lawsuits, Smoore settled with a significant number of defendant sellers who paid compensation for infringement and cooperated to identify their sources of supply of counterfeit products.
This winning litigation demonstrates Smoore's determination to protect its intellectual property rights in the jurisdiction of the United States. It is meaningful for protecting the development of the whole industry toward a healthy direction and providing safe and reliable vaping products for individual customers.
Smoore has undertaken the lawsuits as part of an overall Anti-counterfeiting program in the United States and elsewhere, that includes cooperation with Customs to seize counterfeit products and local police to arrest owners of and shut down counterfeit operations. In the United States, Smoore is represented by the law firm Epstein Drangel who has a long and solid history in implementing and overseeing such anti-counterfeiting programs. The damages may not be completely enforced, but Smoore is planning to enforce the default judgment in order to collect compensation.