Which Brands Are Filing IP Complaints Against Amazon Sellers?

By Nate McCallister / last week
Amazon IP Complaints

For Amazon sellers, 2017 will go down as "the year of the intellectual property complaint."

Article Update: 2018 was even worse!

Complaints like the one below are becoming commonplace for many sellers...

Amazon IP Complaint

If you received one of these heart dropping, rage inducing notifications, you weren't alone. 

It seems that just about everyone who sold products from brands that they didn't own got at least one IP complaint filed against them. That isn't the case  of course, but if you're active in Amazon related online selling communities, it will seem that way. 

But don't get mad, get educated. 

What's an IP Complaint? 

As it applies to Amazon, an intellectual property (IP) complaint is a formal complaint made by a brand owner or licensed brand agent alleging that other sellers on the Amazon marketplace are unlawfully using the company's brand name or other intellectual properties without permission to sell products. 

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Amazon made it extremely easy for a seller to file false claims against their fellow sellers.  Sellers contact Amazon to file these complaints and then Amazon contacts the accused seller.

Amazon takes the same approach to these cases as I take with my boys when they are fighting...I just let them work it out themselves (until haymakers start getting thrown of course). 

At the time of this writing, IP complaints have cooled off a bit as Amazon has finally noticed that they created a system that was very easy to abuse. Sellers who are abusing the process and are just trying to temporarily bump competitors off a listing are (fortunately) getting booted from the platform when they get caught. 

Which Companies Do We Know Are Filing These Complaints?

It became clear that some brands were not interested in letting other sellers list products on their listings. 

Last year, a member of my Facebook group FBA Today (Bver Vienneau) created a poll and asked members to share which companies they had received complaints from in the past. 

This year, we updated it with all the new culprits. 

This was amazing insight and I felt it merited sharing outside of just my group (which you should join by the way). 

 3Doodler
Adobe Software
Altec Lansing
Altec Lansing
Altec Lansing ( Sakar Inc.)
American Red Cross
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Ann Williams
As Seen On Tv
Asmodee (Catan )
Axis International
Beauty For Real
Belkin
Bellingham
Bendy And The Ink Machine Plush
Beyerdynamic
Big Barker Pet Beds
Big Mouth Inc.
Biore
Birch Benders
Blue Mic
Bmw
Boley
Boppy
Brach'S
Bulbhead/Telebrands
Calphalon
Calvin Klein
Canary
Case-Mate
Chantelle
Chaos Clothing
Chemex
Clictime
Cloud-B
Coton
Cra-Z-Art
Craft-Tastic
Cuddl Duds
Cuddleduds
Cuisinart
Cw-X
Drunk, Stoned, Or Stupid
Drunken Elephant
Easy Butter
Elf On The Shelf
Espressotoria
Exaclair
F.A.R.A.H. Cosmetics
Fametek
Fascinations Metal Earth
Fingerlings
Flipazoo (Any Of Their "Flip" Toys)- Via Jay At Play
Frida Kahlo Corporation
Funboy
Genius Water Filters
Gerber - Onsie
Ginger Ray
Goal Zero
Goldie Blox
Goya Foods
Grandpa Beck'S
Hawaiin Gold - Kona Blend Coffee
Heliocare
Hess
Homedics
Hurricane As Seen On Tv
Hydroflask
Ibex
Ihip
Ihip
Ikea
Inateck
Interlink Products
Irobot - Roomba
Jansport
Jarrow
Jeffer'S Pet
Jeffrey James Botanicals
Jlab
Keurig Green Mountain
Kevlar
Kind2Skin
Kitsch
Koa ( John Frieda/Biore )
Koh Koh
Kong
Koozie
L.O.L. Dolls
Lego
Linksys
Lush Cosmetics
Magic Tracks
Marvel
Master & Dynamics
Medela 
Merge Vr (Merge Cube)
Mgae
Minecraft 
Monkey Mat
Monster
Motorola
Murad
My Little Pony
Nanobebe
Nintendo (Yoshi Amiibo) 
Nintendo Super Mario
Northface
Oatey
Oil Of Olay
Ontel
Oofoos
Ooma Telo
Orico
Osmo
P&G Gilette
P&G Thru Flywheeldigital
Patagonia
Peppa Pig
Pj Mask
Presonus
Pro Tan
Pura Kiki
Pure Brazilian
Quad Lock
Quadpro
Rainbow Sandals
Ralph Lauren
Razor Shower Head
Renew Life
Ring Ip Doorbells
Rockport
Skull Candy
Snapchat
Soapsox
Sonic Care
Spirit Riding Free
Steel Series
Step 2
Sticky Holsters
Sunfood
Sunfoods
Switchmate
Telebrands
The Voting Game
Theorie Beauty
Thorne Research
Tile
Tp-Link
Traverse
Tuffy (Vip Products, Llc)
Tzumi
Urban Decay
Vans
Vantrue
Velcro
Vionic
Vionic
Wayne Pumps
Wemo
White Coat Clipboards For Nursing
Williams Sonoma
Wilma Schumann Beauty
Wonder Wallet
Worx
Wowwee
Wusthof
Wusthov
Wynnpharm
Yeti
Zagg
Zipit
Zippo
Zoku
Zuru

Some of these brands were mentioned much more than others. Goldie Blox and Fingerlings were both mentioned by over 40 sellers each! 

Should I Avoid These Brands?

If you can, it is advisable to just avoid them altogether.

The exception being if you have already been approved by the brand explicitly. 

I hate the feeling of "letting the bad guys win," and not selling brands because someone is filing false IP claims is hard to swallow. Life isn't fair and there is no point in risking your account health over a need for justice. 

There are thousands of brands resellers can sell on Amazon that are less likely to file these complaints, although nothing is certain.  Just because they haven't been mentioned in the list above doesn't mean you're in the clear. 

Use your best judgement here but avoidance is wise. 

How Do I Fight IP Complaints?

I'll share that in a future article 🙂

About the author

Nate McCallister

Nate is the founder and main contributor of EntreResource.com. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur who spends his time building businesses and raising his two kids Sawyer and Brooks with his beautiful wife Emily. His main interests include copywriting, economics and piano.

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