“A month before Apple Inc.’s smartwatch hits the market, China’s thriving copycat manufacturers are selling lookalikes, some openly advertised as Apple copies,” Joe McDonald reports for The Associated Press.

“‘Apple Smart Watch with Bluetooth Bracelet,’ says one vendor on Alibaba Group’s popular Taobao e-commerce website,” McDonald reports. “Photos on the vendor’s page appear to be the real Apple Watch. It says features on the Chinese version include text messaging and a music player. It starts at 288 yuan ($45), or one-eighth the $349 price of the cheapest Apple Watch.”

“Alibaba, which listed on the New York Stock Exchange last year after a record initial public offering, has faced criticism in the past for hosting the sale of counterfeit goods. It says it has been taking steps to reduce the problem,” McDonald reports. “At least eight vendors on Taobao advertised watches as ‘Apple Watch’ or ‘Apple Watch lookalike.’ Most said they were compatible with Apple’s iOS or Google Inc.’s rival Android operating system. One vendor jokingly used Chinese slang for a vulgar rich person, offering an ‘All-New Apple Tyrant Gold Mobile Phone-Supporting Watch’ for 288 yuan ($45).”

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MacDailyNews Take: Indicator of success.

In the land of no respect for IP, it’s far better to be knocked off than ignored.