Re: Tricky balancing act: "later versions are hand-cranked generators that charge batteries."
We had hand-cranked and pedal cranked generators in the British Army and the manufacturing date on the labels indicated they were made well before the latest version was 'invented'.
As for criminalising copy cats, would this include Apple or Microsoft? Didn't think so.
You will rarely beat the Chinese replication industry. Is is far too advanced, and some of their 'copies' are improved versions. The Chinese have the capability of copying all but the latest, very fine traced, silicon chips. And they find making 500-1,000 copies economically viable.
The West can only implement it's rules in the West, and in countries where Western 'niceties' are observed. The rest of the world is uncontrollable.
Take the 'Gucci' and 'Burberry' copy market. One of the driving forces is that this type of company, like Apple, makes exorbitant profits and thereby affords a opportunity for copycats to operate.
Recently, two high-end shops, Mondo and Gucci, who have flagship stores on Dong Khoi Street (our Regents Street) in Ho Chi Minh City, were raided by VietNam Customs. These officials weren't in the least bit interested in the product - only the missing duty and taxes.
Ironically, the imported goods were genuine and had been rerouted through HongKong for relabelling as they were in actuality the REAL goods and not off copies! The re-labeling was intended to support a claim they were made in China and therefore had a lower duty/tax rate.
All Apple has done, in China, is to create a market for Apple knock-offs that sell for around UAD$150 - genuine copies that are so close to the real thing they run iOS!
Apple, and others, could cut into this market if they weren't so bent and determined on maintaining their 47% mark-up.