HARMAN, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, is taking legal action against manufacturers and distributors involved in the production and sale of counterfeit JBL products in India. HARMAN is the parent company of JBL, AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, Lexicon, Mark Levinson and Revel, among others.
HARMAN’s investigative team and law enforcement seized stocks of counterfeit JBL consumer products, JBL Professional speakers, and products from other HARMAN brands in two raids in the city of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, and Kolkata, West Bengal.
HARMAN says it has taken criminal action in these cases and intends to continue such investigations to curb the manufacturing and selling of counterfeit products across India.
"Over the last 75 years, JBL's range of consumer and professional products have earned consumer trust and tremendous goodwill by virtue of our commitment to maintain highest standards in product quality and focus on innovation. HARMAN prides itself for its brand reputation and customer satisfaction, and therefore, these actions against the perpetrators are essential for us to keep our promise towards our consumers in India." said Prathab Deivanayagham, country manager, HARMAN India. "We advise our consumers to stay vigilant and purchase JBL products from authorized e-commerce and retail sellers' only."
Like many premium goods, HARMAN's products are being counterfeited and sold usually at drastically reduced prices and diminished quality. Counterfeit JBL products may be identified by the following:
1. The cosmetic details are not consistent with authentic JBL products.
2. Inspect the packaging and logo placement/color. Typically, the packaging is made of flimsy material, missing key details such as certifications, place of manufacture, address, and trademark/copyright information. Logo placement is slightly off and the color does not match the genuine logo.
3. The package/product may be lightweight, smell of chemicals, or have chipped paint.
4. Research the reputation of the seller. Read customer comments.