One of the regular events at each annual Ambiente consumer goods exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, is the presentation of negative awards for product plagiarism. The list is compiled by the Elchingen, Germany-based Aktion Plagiarius e.V. anti-piracy organization.
Among 10 products named at the February fair were Italian chocolate and cookie molds made from silicone.
The original product is produced by Silikomart srl in Mellaredo di Pianiga, Italy. The company that Aktion Plagiarius accused of copying the design was Ningbo, China-based Ningbo Globalway Industry & Trade Co.
Although Silikomart produces white and colored LSR molds, the allegedly copied product involves a red mold but in the same shape as Silikomart's white Amorini100 molds.
The molds from Ningbo Global include the words "Siliko" and "Silikomart" like the original, but not "Made in Italy."
Aktion Plagiarius has a museum alongside Solingen railway station in Germany, where it displays 350 of the "most audacious" copied products alongside the original products. The organization aims to get plagiarized products removed from the market through its "name-and-shame" awards and by demanding producers and distributors to comply.