eBay Settles Spyderco Counterfeit Lawsuit

“eBay Inc. and Spyderco Inc. have amicably resolved, on confidential terms, the issues raised in Civil Action No. 17-cv-01751-KLM (D.Colo.),” Spyderco wrote in a statement after it withdrew its lawsuit against the eCommerce company.

In July, Spyderco sued eBay alleging that eBay didn’t take “the reasonable means” to halt services to sellers of counterfeit Spyderco knives. The lawsuit also claimed that eBay knowingly ignored complaints of intellectual property infringement and that the presence of counterfeit Spyderco products in eBay listings caused confusion for consumers and damaged Spyderco’s reputation.

This is at least the second counterfeit-related lawsuit that eBay settled this year. In June, they also came to terms with Irvine, CA-based phone accessory maker Wimo Labs, putting the August 2015 lawsuit to bed.

According to eCommerce watchdog The Counterfeit Report, though eBay is settling lawsuits it hasn’t changed its behavior. “The plaintiffs change, but the story remains the same – eBay won’t knock off the knockoffs on its websites,” they wrote. KnifeNews reached out to eBay, but the eCommerce giant wouldn’t comment on the settlement. In the past, eBay has justified its internal counterfeit screening practices and vowed to defend them in court.

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Spyderco is also taking Kittery Trading Post owner Kevin Inc. to task for the sale of fake Spyderco knives. The knife company’s first filing in Colorado was dismissed for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction and Improper Venue, but in August Spyderco refiled in Kevin Inc.’s home state of Maine.

Knife featured in image: Spyderco Manix 2 Lockback