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Tattle on a Schneider Electric Counterfeiter, Earn Cash

Schneider Electric's new 'Report and Reward' program will pay people who inform the company of counterfeit APC, Clipsal and Square D products on the market.


Jason Knott · December 12, 2011

Schneider Electric announced the launch of its Report and Reward Program in the United States to obtain information about companies and individuals making or supplying counterfeit Schneider Electric products, including its brands such as APC, Square D and Clipsal.

The goal is to ensure the safety of customers and the reliability and integrity of its brands, says the company.

“We are concerned about the counterfeiting of electrical products globally. Counterfeit products have a negative impact on the economy, mislead the consumer and, in the case of electrical products, have the ability to kill or injure someone or cause damage to property,” says Stephen A. Litchfield, deputy general counsel, Schneider Electric. “This program is designed to ensure we have the information we need to pursue every means possible to stop this illegal activity and to make the industry and public more aware of this critical safety concern.”

Schneider Electric’s program seeks to gain information about manufacturers and/or distributors of counterfeit Schneider Electric products, producers of counterfeit Schneider Electric packaging and labels, and facilities storing counterfeit Schneider Electric products, packaging or labels. Counterfeit reports can be made two ways – in full details, which is eligible for a reward or anonymously, which would not be eligible for a reward.

The company says it has been a long-time leader in anti-counterfeiting initiatives working with various U.S. industry and government organizations to keep counterfeit products out of the market. The effort has kept more than 250,000 potentially hazardous counterfeit goods out of the marketplace and included filing 13 civil lawsuits against 40 companies involved in the manufacture, importation and distribution of counterfeit electrical products. Schneider Electric’s Report and Reward Program is only open to United States citizens.

Schneider Reward Schedule

  • For a person or entity engaged in the production & sale of completed, counterfeit Schneider Electric product: $5,000 bounty
  • For a distributor or re-seller engaged in the sale of counterfeit Schneider Electric products: $4,000
  • For a person or entity engaged in the printing of counterfeit Schneider Electric packaging and labels: $3,000
  • For a warehouse, storage facility or safe house containing counterfeit Schneider Electric products, labels and packaging: $3,000

For an amount actually recovered by Schneider Electric

  • $100,000: up to $10,000 bounty
  • $100,001 to $500,000: up to $50,000
  • $500,001 and above: up to $100,000


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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at jason.knott@emeraldexpo.com

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