Can you tell the difference between these watches? On the left is a FORTIS B-42 Official Cosmonauts Chronograph wristwatch that runs for $2,000 to $2,300, and on the right is a counterfeit. Counterfeits like this cheat designers and innovators out of their hard-earned money. At the world's largest annual consumer goods fair, the "Plagiarius Awards" shame counterfeiters and distributors of fake goods. (Originals are shown on the left, copies on the right.)
First Prize Original Manufacturer: WMF, Geislingen/Steige, Germany Copier: Shantou Lian Plastic Products, Guangdong, China
The good design of the the Two-in-One salt-and-pepper shaker set attracted strong imitation. The copy -- rendered in plastic rather than metal -- looked so similar to the original that the judges awarded it first place. More on the Two-in-One
Second Prize Original Manufacturer: B'rner Kunststoff- und Metallwarenfabrik, Niederkail, Germany Distributor: Mesa Products, Doetinchem, the Netherlands
The Trend-Line V3 vegetable slicer knockoff is an exact copy, but the brand name has been deleted.