The Legality of Knockoffs
The other day, I was sitting in class and instead of listening to my teacher’s explanation regarding the physics problem on the board, I found myself pondering on the legality of cosmetic knockoffs. As a consequence, I have accumulated a couple of questions regarding knockoffs such as:
- Is distributing the formula of a knockoff illegal? (Assuming that you only copied the function and not the ingredient itself).
- What is considered a “knockoff” by law?
- Have brands ever been sued for selling a knockoff?
For all those who may be wondering, I am not planning on selling a knockoff product (that would be pretty sketchy) but I am planning on knocking off some products to alleviate my boredom.
Secondary question: About a year ago, I read an article on making knockoffs and it suggested finding the percentage of water in a formula by cooking a sample of the product to evaporate the water. Is this a viable technique?
I look forward to hearing from professionals and perhaps seeing some discussion on the matter.
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