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Plagiarius Award 2014

Registration for Plagiarius Competition 2023

Wanted: The most brazen counterfeits!


Are you affected by plagiarism or counterfeiting?


Register now: Submit your plagiarism cases to us to the Plagiarius Competition 2023.


Early Bird Rate for all entries until October 28, 2022

Closing date: November 25, 2022


Over the past decades the huge publicity of “Plagiarius” has often accomplished a deterring effect and thus the participation at the competition has proven  successful for many companies and designers. Due to fear of public disgrace and bad publicity, many of the nominated imitators were seeking a settlement and have i.e. withdrawn their remaining stock from the market, signed cease and desist letters or revealed their suppliers.


Furthermore, the participating companies send a clear signal that they refuse to accept counterfeits but rather consistently hold the imitators accountable for their unfair behaviour. 


Also, the multifaceted factual examples of brand- and product piracy are most important for the sensitisation of the public and the consumers.


The Plagiarius-Competition is already announced for the 47th time. Since 1977, Aktion Plagiarius e.V. grants its anti-prize "Plagiarius" to those manufacturers and distributors whom the jury has found guilty of making or selling "the most flagrant" (design) imitations and fakes. The goal is to denounce the unscrupulous business practices of counterfeiters who pilfer intellectual property and pass it off as their own creative achievement; as well as to raise public awareness of this complex problem that exists among industry, politicians and consumers. The black gnome with a golden nose trophy awarded is a symbol of the exorbitant earnings product pirates collect at the cost of innovative companies. This gnome was created to express the German aphorism "to earn oneself a golden nose" which means, “to earn a fortune”.


Prior to evaluating submissions and selecting the “anti-prize winners”, Aktion Plagiarius notifies the imitator that he has been nominated and provides him with an opportunity to share his point of view. The annually changing Plagiarius Jury takes this response, in addition to general case-related information, into consideration during their evaluation.

For the evaluation the jury needs:
- Your original product (with original packaging)
- The alleged plagiarism (if possible in its packaging)
- The filled in registration form (incl. signature)
- Any correspondence with the imitator
- Copies of IPR Intellectual Property Registrations, if any registered
- If needed, any further information that may be helpful for the jury (short and precise !)

- If applicable, comparison original / plagiarism (text / photos / video) - no advertising for the original


ALL documents: 1 printed version sent by post and 1 version sent by email to info@plagiarius.com !

The award ceremony / press conference of "Plagiarius 2023" will take place "at the "Ambiente" in Frankfurt. All entries will be shown at the Plagiarius Special Show. Afterwards the prize winners will be shown at Plagiarius exhibitions and events.

Registration Plagiarius Competition 2023 incl Terms & Conditions