At a time when multiple fake Apple stores have been uncovered in China, Apple turned its attention on retail stores in the Chinatown section of Queens, New York, that sell cases and other accessories for Apple products like the iPhone, iPod and iPad, with a trademark lawsuit.
The Cupertino-based firm has won a provisional restraining order and preliminary injunction against the retail stores, which, as per the company's lawsuit, have infringed Apple's trademark.
The court case, which was filed in Brooklyn federal court on July 25, aimed at two stores Apple Story Inc and Fun Zone Inc, along with a number of unnamed businesses and 50 "John Does," Reuters reported.
Apple's request for a temporary restraining order was granted by U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto on July 25. Matsumoto also passed a seizure order, along with a request for a preliminary injunction against the defendants, according to the court docket.
The case was made public on August 2. However, the documents still remained undisclosed.
The attorneys of both Apple and the defendants have refused to comment, while an employee at Apple Story said the company would not confer the case.
The lawsuit comes at a time when multiple fake Apple stores have been uncovered in China. According to reports, even the staff members at the phony Apple stores were made convinced that they were working for Apple.
Later, four other stores were discovered that were reportedly selling Apple products without authorization from the company. Apple, however, has not disclosed anything regarding its plans about the fake stores.