by Brandon Butler
US Customs Doubles Down on “Not an Apple” Seizure 9/14/2020

Chris Welch, following up on his report from last night:

In a statement to The Verge, a US Customs and Border Protection spokesperson has defended the agency’s seizure of 2,000 pairs of OnePlus Buds at JFK airport on August 31st. […]

“Upon examining the shipment in question, a CBP import specialist determined that the subject earbuds appeared to violate Apple’s configuration trademark. Apple has configuration trademarks on their brand of earbuds, and has recorded those trademarks with CBP,” the spokesperson said. Configuration trademarks cover the general appearance of a product, if you were wondering. “Based on that determination, CBP officers at JFK Airport have seized the shipment under 19 USC 1526 (e).”

As Welch points out in the article, cheap AirPod clones can be found in almost any store in the US, so what triggered the seizure of OnePlus’s buds?