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    Counterfeiting

    This website is intended to provide you with additional information on counterfeiting and steps that can be taken to better recognize counterfeit products.

    Our Commitment

    Our Commitment

    At Schneider Electric, we are concerned about the counterfeiting of electrical products throughout the globe. Counterfeit products have a negative impact on the economy, mislead the consumer and, in the case of electrical products, have the ability to kill or injure someone or cause damage to property. We take counterfeiting of our products seriously and intend to pursue every means possible to stop this illegal activity and to make the industry and public more aware of this critical safety concern.
    • Counterfeit Definition

      Such reproduction/imitation is illegal when an Intellectual Property Right (IPR) is infringed, inter alia:
      • a registered trademark or trade name
      • and/or an unregistered proprietary right for the "trade dress" or "get-up" or designation of a product
      • and/or a patent, utility model and/or design right/design patent
      • and/or a copyright
      The IPRs listed above are infringed if any of the following occurs:
      • Registered trademark or trade name: the copy products bear a mark or other designation which is identical or confusingly similar to that of a product with a registered trade mark or trade name.
      • Unregistered "trade dress" / "get-up" / designation: these terms designate the copy products which have a form and visual appearance, or bear a designation which are recognized by the public as distinctive and hinting to a specific producer. The public may therefore be led to the erroneous belief that the copy products come from the same source as the original products.
      • Patent, utility model, design right: here one or more parts of the original product are protected by valid patents and/or utility models and/or design rights (in the U.S. called design patents), and these protected parts show up in the copy product.
      Copyright: the copy product is a text (brochure, book, pamphlet, manual etc.) or picture or film or sound or computer software or technical document and drawing, which is basically identical with the original product.
    • Clones Definition

      The following terms do not define a counterfeit product, but may define a product that could be of concern for similar reasons:


      Clone – a product that is a close copy of a product, but is not represented as a product manufactured by the original manufacturer. These products bear the name or trademark or the original manufacturer, but are typically represented as “equivalent” to the original products. These products may be infringing on SE intellectual property.


      Remanufactured/Reconditioned/Refurbished – a product that originated as a legitimate product, but has since been altered or remanufactured by another entity. These products may be represented to customers as original products and they may retain the original label/trademark giving the customer the impression that they are unmodified originals. There are instances where remanufacturers have counterfeited labeling to make the product appear as new.

    Reward Program

    You can make a difference

    Schneider Electric has implemented a Reward Program in the United States for information received about companies and individuals making or supplying counterfeit Schneider Electric products. To be eligible for a reward, please fill out the Counterfeit Report Form. We will take all appropriate measures to ensure your confidentiality as set forth in our Overall Terms & Conditions for the Report and Reward Program. The Terms & Conditions shall apply to this Reward Program and you agree to accept them as a condition of making your report.