Chinese tech giant OnePlus launched OnePlus Buds alongside the OnePlus Nord as the company’s first ever pair of TWS earphones and they do have some resemblance to the Apple AirPods. Now, the US Customs and Border Protection Agency has reportedly seized thousands of OnePlus Buds and termed them as counterfeit AirPods. Till now, as many as 2000 pairs of OnePlus Buds that is valued at around the US $ 400,000 (INR 2.9 crores) has been seized by the US Customs and Border Protection Agency.
The news seems to be a fun one because today, thousands of companies make Earbuds and almost all of them have a resemblance to Apple Airpods. Eventually, initially, OnePlus itself considered this as a joke. In an official tweet, the company jokingly asked kes and stated to return
This is really funny and even OnePlus took it as a joke initially, asking the, US Customs and Border Protection Agency to return them back but it seems that the interfere of, the US Customs and Border Protection Agency is not at all a joke. , the US Customs and Border Protection Agency ruled out that the possibility of the seizure being a mistake. Instead, the agency, in an official statement to The Verge, stated that the OnePlus Buds violate the Apple AirPods’ configuration trademark.
The agency said “seizure of the earbuds in question is unrelated to the images or language on the box. A company does not have to put an Apple wordmark or design on their products to violate these trademarks.”
Interestingly, an import specialist US Customs and Border Protection Agency has concluded that “the subject earbuds appeared to violate Apple’s configuration trademark.” The seizure took place at JFK Airport.
Now, the biggest unanswered question whose answer everyone is demanding is, why OnePlus Buds were subjected to scrutiny when there are so many AirPod copycats selling freely all over. To put it in simple words, TWS earbuds continue to be on sale in the US as there is currently no official statement from either OnePlus or Apple.