China Discovers 22 Fake Apple Stores in Single City

Stores ordered to stop using Apple logo without permission
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2011 8:02 AM CDT
China Discovers 22 Fake Apple Stores in Single City
Kunming city in southwest China has discovered 22 fake Apple stores.   (AP Photo)

Following embarrassing reports of fake Apple Stores in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming, city officials decided to track down all the shops improperly using Apple brands and logos—and discovered 22 of them, reports the BBC. The shops were ordered to stop using Apple's logo, as local law prohibits copying the "look and feel" of another company. The Administration for Industry and Commerce said it would set up a hotline where the public can report any more fake Apple stores that might sprout up. Kunming officials had earlier revealed the discovery of just five fake stores. (Read more Apple stores stories.)

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