Sony is suing a Brazilian company for allegedly counterfeiting PlayStation controllers

The company is seeking compensation of BRL 120,000 and a daily fine of BRL 20,000 for non-compliance.

Sony do Brasil has filed a lawsuit against Brazilian company Crifeir for allegedly counterfeiting the DualShock controller. The process was opened last week, where the person responsible for the production of the PlayStation is asking for compensation in the amount of R$ 120 thousand.

The proceeding, which is the 2nd in business litigation and arbitration disputes, was filed by both Sony Interactive Entertainment and Sony Interactive Entertainment do Brasil. The company claims that Crifair imported and marketed copies of the DualShock.

Sony claims that the company “completely copies the trade dress of the authors’ well-known video game controllers, reproducing the DualShock trademarks and the sequence of symbols of the square, cross, circle and triangle”.

Authorities intercepted the shipment with 58,000 checkpoints

The opening of the process took a new shape when Brazilian customs authorities seized a shipment containing 58,000 controlled items from Crifeir. Among Sony’s demands is an immediate halt to the sale of the products.

They point out that the purchase of fake control leads to unfair and parasitic competition. However, they believe Crifeir has the right to retain commercialization if they completely change the DualShock standards to move away from the visual identity. If Crifeir complies with the acts of non-compliance filed by Sony, they will have to pay a fine of R$ 20,000 per day.

Currently, the original DualShock controllers are sold in major stores. They can be purchased both in person and through e-commerce. In terms of price, they vary depending on the model and place of purchase, from 200 to 400 rubles.

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Via: Technoblog Source: TJSP


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