There are several brands on Amazon where it is not a good idea to sell those particular brands. Why you ask? Because those brands may file an “Intellectual Property Violation” against your Amazon account if you try to sell those brands. And too many IP complaints could get your Amazon account deactivated.

What is an Intellectual Property Violation?

According to Lexology, intellectual property (IP) infringement refers to any violation or breach of protected intellectual property rights. There are three main types of IP rights on Amazon:

  1. Copyrights are legal protections for original works of authorship
  2. Trademarks are legal protections for a word, symbol, design, or combination of the same that a company uses to identify goods and services
  3. Patents are legal protections for inventions

In layman’s terms, they basically all mean you are not authorized to sell their brand, even though Amazon had no brand restrictions. If you receive an IP violation, there will be a Performance Warning in Amazon Seller Central under Performance > Account Health > Product Policy Compliance > Received Intellectual Property, and you will receive an email from Amazon. Here is an example of what the email from Amazon looks like. It will have the subject line: “Notice: Policy Warning” and come from notice@amazon.com

Amazon Intellectual Property Violation

To avoid receiving these dreadful emails, the best advice we can give is to avoid selling the brands that are known to file complaints. I wish Amazon would restrict users from even having the choice to add these brands, but alas they do not, so many (me included) learned about these brands the hard way. I have been compiling a list of brands on Amazon that have personally filed an IP complaint against me or other reputable resellers and/or have sent out a legal cease and desist letter to me or them.

List of 250+ Restricted Brands On Amazon

In some cases (as noted), the brand will let you sell their product as “Used-Like New”, so be sure to list the item correctly when adding it to your inventory to avoid an IP claim. Please note that this list does not contain gated brands.

  1. 1Com
  2. 3Ns
  3. ACT
  4. Air
  5. Akai
  6. Algenist
  7. Allegra
  8. AllerLife
  9. Alpha
  10. Altec Lansing
  11. Amovo
  12. Amway
  13. Andoer
  14. Angels Fancy Dress
  15. Angelsounds
  16. Ann Willaims
  17. Apple
  18. Aquapix
  19. Arthritis Hot
  20. Artistry
  21. Aspercreme
  22. Atmosphere
  23. Audio Technica
  24. Audiotech
  25. Aunt Jackie’s
  26. Australian Gold
  27. AZO
  28. Bactimicina
  29. Baby Born
  30. Baby Bullet
  31. Baby Dumpling
  32. Babyganics (can sell as Used-Like New)
  33. Babyliss
  34. Babyplus
  35. Back to the Roots
  36. Baggallini
  37. Bakugan
  38. Base Camp Outfitters
  39. Bassbuds
  40. Bausch + Lomb
  41. Beaba
  42. Beachbody
  43. Bear
  44. Beauty Pet
  45. Berwick
  46. Besdata
  47. Bestomz
  48. Bethesda
  49. BH Cosmetics
  50. BIC (can sell as Used-Like New)
  51. Biolite
  52. Bissell
  53. Blitzball
  54. Blue Microphones
  55. Bodum
  56. Bose
  57. Boston
  58. Bpro
  59. Bracoo
  60. Bratz
  61. Braun
  62. Bravo Sierra
  63. Britannia
  64. Britax
  65. Broncosan
  66. Buck
  67. Bulbhead
  68. Butterick
  69. C’est Moi
  70. Caldrea (can sell as Used-Like New)
  71. California Tan
  72. Canary
  73. Canon
  74. Capital Brands
  75. Capzasin-HP
  76. Carol’s Daughter
  77. Chemex
  78. Chinkyboo
  79. Chloe
  80. Christian Dior
  81. City Scene
  82. Coleman
  83. Comfylife
  84. Comic Concept
  85. Comic Images
  86. Comic Maker
  87. Contour Living
  88. Cortizone-10
  89. Cra-Z-Art
  90. Craft-tastic
  91. Crocs
  92. Crosley
  93. Culturelle
  94. Curls
  95. Davidoff
  96. DBPower
  97. De La Cruz
  98. Deejo
  99. Dermelect
  100. Deuter
  101. Discovery
  102. Discovery #Mindblown
  103. Discovery Kids
  104. Discovery Toys
  105. DLC Laboratories
  106. Dog & Bone
  107. Dr. Ginger’s
  108. Dulcolax
  109. Duracell (can sell as Used-Like New)
  110. Earth’s Care
  111. EasyPix
  112. EB5
  113. Eero
  114. Effersan (must follow MAP pricing if selling)
  115. ESpring
  116. Estroven
  117. Etereauty
  118. Eureka
  119. Faber-Castell
  120. FAO Schwarz
  121. Favorite Findings
  122. Fifty/Fifty
  123. Finlo
  124. First com
  125. Firstline
  126. Fissler GmbH
  127. Fitbit
  128. Fitlife
  129. FoxyBae
  130. Fremantle
  131. Frye
  132. Fujifilm
  133. Garunk
  134. GE
  135. Gel-A-Peel
  136. Georgie
  137. Glade (can sell as Used-Like New)
  138. Glitzhome
  139. Globulo Rojo
  140. GN Netcom
  141. Go Donut
  142. Go Extreme
  143. Gold Bond
  144. GoPro
  145. Grace & Stella
  146. Griffin
  147. Guess
  148. Gund
  149. Hammer + Axe
  150. Hape
  151. Harry’s
  152. Hauptstadtkoffer
  153. Havex
  154. Helen Of Troy
  155. Helle
  156. Heos
  157. Home-it
  158. Honest Baby
  159. Honestly Cute
  160. Huion
  161. i2o
  162. Icy Hot
  163. Ikea
  164. Implus Footcare
  165. Inkrite
  166. Inkwrite
  167. Inova
  168. Ion
  169. iRobot
  170. Italkonline
  171. Ito Professional
  172. Jabra
  173. Jansport
  174. Jasco
  175. Jennifer Lopez
  176. Jet Creations
  177. Jil Sander
  178. Kate Spade
  179. Kidsbo
  180. Kilner
  181. Kinetic Sand
  182. Kitchenaid
  183. Kitsound
  184. Klean Kanteen
  185. Klipsch
  186. Koolatron
  187. Kylie Cosmetics
  188. La Roche Posay
  189. Lalaloopsy
  190. LaMode
  191. Lavanila
  192. Lavie
  193. Leatherman Tool
  194. Leg Avenue
  195. Leicke
  196. LELO
  197. Levi’s
  198. Linxor
  199. Livivo
  200. LOL Suprise
  201. Luga
  202. Lush
  203. Macoon
  204. Madre Perla de Ultratez
  205. Magic Bullet
  206. Marantz
  207. Medela
  208. Mederma
  209. Memory Soft
  210. Method (can sell as Used-Like New)
  211. Might Dog
  212. MiroPure
  213. Mommy’s Bliss
  214. Monsieur Bebe
  215. Moulin Roty
  216. Mrs. Myers (can sell as Used-Like New)
  217. Nasacort
  218. Nature’s Way
  219. Neat Company
  220. Neato Robotics
  221. Neewer
  222. Nikon
  223. Ninja Blenders
  224. Noco
  225. NutriBullet
  226. Ocusan
  227. OFF! (can sell as Used-Like New)
  228. Opinet
  229. Orbeez
  230. Osmo
  231. Otter Box
  232. Paddington Bear
  233. Patagonia
  234. Paw Patrol
  235. Pet Armor
  236. Philips
  237. Picci
  238. Piggy Paint
  239. Pioneer
  240. Presonus
  241. Ovega-3
  242. Que Bella
  243. Quita Piojos
  244. Raid (can sell as Used-Like New)
  245. Rainbow Light
  246. Rainbow Loom
  247. Razer
  248. Razor
  249. Red Castle
  250. Refinery and Co.
  251. Renew Life
  252. RoC Skincare
  253. Rock the Locks
  254. RockTape
  255. Rodan + Fields
  256. Rolaids
  257. Samsonite
  258. Sanofi
  259. Selsun blue
  260. Sharper Image
  261. Scosche
  262. SGX NYC
  263. Sol Republic
  264. SOPHi
  265. Sound United
  266. Spin Master
  267. Sportscreme
  268. Square
  269. Step 2
  270. Super Macho
  271. Sunwise
  272. Swimways
  273. Switchmate
  274. Systane
  275. Table Mate
  276. Tangible Play
  277. The Black Series
  278. The Mane Choice
  279. Thirsty Milo
  280. Tommy Bahama
  281. TOMS
  282. Tonka
  283. Tummy Tucker
  284. Tweezerman
  285. Ugg
  286. Unisom
  287. UP4
  288. Vaporex
  289. Victoria’s Secret
  290. Vital Proteins
  291. Wet Brush
  292. Yes To
  293. Yeti
  294. Xyzal
  295. Zagg (can sell as Used-Like New)
  296. Zantac
  297. Zap
  298. Zippo
  299. Zoom

Are we missing any Amazon Restricted Brands? If you have received an IP violation and/or cease and desist from a brand that we don’t have listed, please contact us to add that brand to the list. We will require that you actually send us proof before we add that brand to the list. It’s unfortunate that we have to do that, but unfortunately not every Amazon seller plays fair. Please keep in mind if you see other lists of Amazon restricted brands, that they may have added brands that they sell a lot of in hopes of keeping other sellers from becoming their competition.

IP Violation Response Email Template

If you do receive an IP infringement notice or warning for infringement and you believe the rights owner or Amazon made an error, you may appeal or dispute the claim, but first I usually 1) delete the item in question, and then 2) respond to the original email (shown above) emailing the contact email address (redded out in example) with this response.

Hello [NAME],

Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention.

All of our inventory for this product was purchased brand new from [STORE], an authorized distributor. We double-checked to make sure the product that we bought matched the description, title, and image on the existing Amazon listing exactly. We then sent the product to a Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) warehouse. Since this item was purchased from an authorized source, and this inventory can be traced back directly to the manufacturer, this is not an intellectual property rights violation.

We have been selling on Amazon for [LENGTH OF TIME], and we would never want to risk our business by sending in a product that was not authentic, brand new, conforming to all of Amazon’s policies and procedures.

We would appreciate it if you would retract your complaints against us (seller SELLER NAME). In the meantime, we have taken down our Amazon listings per your request. Please let me know if you need any further information to resolve this issue.

Thank you,
NAME

Some companies (but not a lot) will respond favorably and retract the claim. Most will get you no response, so then you have the option to appeal or dispute the claim.