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To falsify, deceive, or defraud. A copy or imitation of something that is intended to be taken as authentic and genuine in order to deceive another.

A counterfeit coin is one that may pass for a genuine coin and may include a lower denomination coin altered so that it may pass as a higher denomination coin.


1) adj. describing a document, particularly money, which is forged or created to look real, and intended to pass for real. 2) v. to criminally forge or print a false copy of money, bonds, or other valuable documents, intending to profit from the falsity. 3) n. shorthand for phoney money passed for real. (See: forgery, utter)


noun act of copying, bogus, copy, crimmnal imitation, deception, ersatz, fabrication, fake, false copy, false duplication, false representation, false reproduction, falsehood, falseness, falsification, falsity, falsus, forged copy, forgery, fradulent copy, fraudulent imitation, imitation, plagiary, pretense, simulation, unauthorized copy
Associated concepts: counterfeit bill, counterfeited written instrument
See also: assume, assumed, bogus, copy, deception, deceptive, disguise, dishonest, disingenuous, dupe, erroneous, fabricate, fake, false, falsification, falsify, feign, feigned, fictitious, forgery, hoax, illusory, imitate, imitation, impersonate, imposture, invent, lie, mendacious, meretricious, mislead, mock, palter, pirate, plagiarize, pose, pretend, prevaricate, profess, replacement, sham, simulate, specious, spurious, subterfuge, synthetic, untrue

TO COUNTERFEIT, criminal law. To make something false, in the semblance of that which is true; it always implies a fraudulent intent. Vide Vin. Ab. h.t. Forgery.

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Along with our litigation victory, we are pleased with our recent successes in removing knock-off products from the internet and from the floor of the major international toy fairs.
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While many people might simply assume that every product with the image benefits a worthy cause, most of these products are knock-offs that are manufactured and sold illegally, and do not benefit charities at all.
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The sale of Sorel knock-offs underscores the continuing popularity of Sorel styles in the marketplace, but it is simply unacceptable," said Timothy Boyle, Columbia Sportswear's President and Chief Executive Officer.
The entire purpose behind patent law is to encourage inventors by offering them limited protection from copycats who take the technology someone else paid to develop and produce cheaper knock-offs.
The recent decisions of the court regarding Phamatech's conduct in this lawsuit, along with our confidence in our claims, lead us to believe the injunction we are seeking is appropriate interim relief and we anticipate that the knock-offs will be removed from the market until such time the case has been decided.