International & Comparative Law Program

Kal Raustiala Quoted in Fashion Law on Difference Between Knockoffs and Counterfeits

Professor Kal Raustiala’s book, “The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation” was quoted in a Fashion Law article which addresses the difference between products that are “knockoffs” versus those that are “counterfeits.” According to Raustiala, knockoffs are copies that do not make illegal use of other brand’s trademarks, while counterfeits are copies that do illegally utilize others’ trademarks.

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Raustiala’s Freakonomics Blog also discusses this topic, and is referenced in an Atlas Obscura article on why companies can’t always trademark a color and prevent other brands from using it.  

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