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Plagiarius Competition 2018

Plagiarius Competition 2018
Negative Award "Plagiarius" sheds public light on unscrupulous counterfeits


Registration deadline: November 30, 2017

Early Bird Tariff for registrations before October 31, 2017.

Affected by brand- and product piracy? Then register now for the Plagiarius-Competition 2018 and hand in your original product and its brazen counterfeit - consumer and industrial goods likewise!


Nowadays it is not only important to enthuse consumers with the original product - but at the same time - to convince them of the added value of the original product in comparison with a visually identical but substandard plagiarism - and to protect them from an unintended purchase of the last mentioned. A (too) low appreciation and respect for the product creator’s accomplishment in creating the original product is likewise responsible for the success of design plagiarisms and counterfeit products. A realistic information and sensitisation of the consumer world is crucial.


Aktion Plagiarius supports affected companies in this matter and combines the deterrence of the imitators (supply) and the sensitisation of the consumers (demand).


Over the past decades the huge publicity of “Plagiarius” has often accomplished a deterring effect and thus the participation at the competition has proven  successful for many companies and designers. Due to fear of public disgrace and bad publicity, many of the nominated imitators were seeking a settlement and have i.e. withdrawn their remaining stock from the market, signed cease and desist letters or revealed their suppliers.


Furthermore, the participating companies send a clear signal that they refuse to accept counterfeits but rather consistently hold the imitators accountable for their unfair behaviour. 


Also, the multifaceted factual examples of brand- and product piracy are most important for the sensitisation of the public and the consumers.


The Plagiarius-Competition is already announced for the 42th time. Since 1977, Aktion Plagiarius e.V. grants its anti-prize "Plagiarius" to those manufacturers and distributors whom the jury has found guilty of making or selling "the most flagrant" (design) imitations and fakes. The goal is to denounce the unscrupulous business practices of counterfeiters who pilfer intellectual property and pass it off as their own creative achievement; as well as to raise public awareness of this complex problem that exists among industry, politicians and consumers. The black gnome with a golden nose trophy awarded is a symbol of the exorbitant earnings product pirates collect at the cost of innovative companies. This gnome was created to express the German aphorism "to earn oneself a golden nose" which means, “to earn a fortune”.


Prior to evaluating submissions and selecting the “anti-prize winners”, Aktion Plagiarius notifies the imitator that he has been nominated and provides him with an opportunity to share his point of view. The annually changing Plagiarius Jury takes this response, in addition to general case-related information, into consideration during their evaluation.

For the evaluation the jury needs:
- Your original product
- The alleged plagiarism
- The filled in registration form (incl. signature)
- Any correspondence with the imitator
- Copies of IPR Intellectual Property Registrations, if any registered
- If needed, any further information that may be helpful for the jury (short and precise !)


ALL documents: 1 printed version sent by post and 1 version sent by email to info@plagiarius.com

The award ceremony / press conference of "Plagiarius 2018" will take place "at the Ambiente" International Consumer Goods Trade Fair. All entries will be shown during the "Ambiente". Afterwards the prize winners will be shown in the Museum Plagiarius in Solingen (Germany) and at changing world-wide exhibitions.

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