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 300+ 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. Abysse America
  4. ACT
  5. Air
  6. Akai
  7. Algenist
  8. Allegra
  9. AllerLife
  10. Alpha
  11. Altec Lansing
  12. Amovo
  13. Amway
  14. Andoer
  15. Angels Fancy Dress
  16. Angelsounds
  17. Ann Willaims
  18. Apple
  19. Aquapix
  20. Aquarius
  21. Armor All (must provide documentation)
  22. Arthritis Hot
  23. Artistry
  24. Aspercreme
  25. Atmosphere
  26. Audio Technica
  27. Audiotech
  28. Aunt Jackie’s
  29. Australian Gold
  30. AZO
  31. Bactimicina
  32. Baby Born
  33. Baby Bullet
  34. Baby Dumpling
  35. Babyganics (can sell as Used-Like New)
  36. Babyliss
  37. Babyplus
  38. Back to the Roots
  39. Baggallini
  40. Bakugan
  41. Base Camp Outfitters
  42. Bassbuds
  43. Bausch + Lomb
  44. Beaba
  45. Beachbody
  46. Bear
  47. Beauty Pet
  48. Berwick
  49. Besdata
  50. Bestomz
  51. Bethesda
  52. BH Cosmetics
  53. BIC (can sell as Used-Like New)
  54. Biolite
  55. Bissell
  56. Blitzball
  57. Blue Microphones
  58. Bodum
  59. Bose
  60. Boston
  61. Bpro
  62. Bracoo
  63. Bratz
  64. Braun
  65. Bravo Sierra
  66. Britannia
  67. Britax
  68. Broncosan
  69. Buck
  70. Bulbhead
  71. Butterick
  72. C’est Moi
  73. Caldrea (can sell as Used-Like New)
  74. California Tan
  75. Canary
  76. Canon
  77. Capital Brands
  78. Capzasin-HP
  79. Carol’s Daughter
  80. Case-Mate (must provide documentation)
  81. Chemex
  82. Chinkyboo
  83. Chloe
  84. Christian Dior
  85. City Scene
  86. Coleman
  87. Comfylife
  88. Comic Concept
  89. Comic Images
  90. Comic Maker
  91. Contour Living
  92. CocoKind
  93. Cortizone-10
  94. Cra-Z-Art
  95. Craft-tastic
  96. Crocs
  97. Crosley
  98. Culturelle
  99. Curls
  100. Davidoff
  101. DBPower
  102. De La Cruz
  103. Deejo
  104. Dermelect
  105. Deuter
  106. Discovery
  107. Discovery #Mindblown
  108. Discovery Kids
  109. Discovery Toys
  110. DLC Laboratories
  111. Dog & Bone
  112. Dr. Ginger’s
  113. Dulcolax
  114. Duracell (can sell as Used-Like New)
  115. Earth’s Care
  116. EasyPix
  117. EB5
  118. Eero
  119. Effersan (must follow MAP pricing if selling)
  120. Energizer (must provide documentation)
  121. Epic Drops (brands include Piggy, Bendy, FGTeeV, Ice Scream)
  122. ESpring
  123. Estroven
  124. Etereauty
  125. Eureka
  126. Faber-Castell
  127. FAO Schwarz
  128. Favorite Findings
  129. Fifty/Fifty
  130. Finlo
  131. First com
  132. Firstline
  133. Fissler GmbH
  134. Fitbit
  135. Fitlife
  136. FoxyBae
  137. Fremantle
  138. Frye
  139. Fujifilm
  140. Garunk
  141. GE
  142. Gel-A-Peel
  143. Georgie
  144. Glade (can sell as Used-Like New)
  145. Glitzhome
  146. Globulo Rojo
  147. GN Netcom
  148. Go Donut
  149. Go Extreme
  150. Gold Bond
  151. GoPro
  152. Grace & Stella
  153. Griffin
  154. Guess
  155. Gund
  156. Hammer + Axe
  157. Hape
  158. Harry’s
  159. Hauptstadtkoffer
  160. Havex
  161. Helen Of Troy
  162. Helle
  163. Heos
  164. Home-it
  165. Honest Baby
  166. Honestly Cute
  167. House of Marley (must provide documentation)
  168. Huion
  169. i2o
  170. Icy Hot
  171. Ikea
  172. Implus Footcare
  173. Inkrite
  174. Inkwrite
  175. Inova
  176. Ion
  177. iRobot
  178. It Haircare
  179. Italkonline
  180. Ito Professional
  181. Jabra
  182. Jansport
  183. Jasco
  184. Jennifer Lopez
  185. Jet Creations
  186. Jil Sander
  187. Kate Spade
  188. Kidsbo
  189. Kilner
  190. Kinetic Sand
  191. Kitchenaid
  192. Kitsound
  193. Klean Kanteen
  194. Klipsch
  195. Koolatron
  196. Kylie Cosmetics
  197. La Roche Posay
  198. Lalaloopsy
  199. LaMode
  200. Lavanila
  201. Lavie
  202. Leatherman Tool
  203. Leg Avenue
  204. Leicke
  205. LELO
  206. Levi’s
  207. Linxor
  208. Livivo
  209. LOL Suprise
  210. Luga
  211. Luseta
  212. Lush
  213. Macoon
  214. Madre Perla de Ultratez
  215. Magic Bullet
  216. Marantz
  217. Medela
  218. Mederma
  219. Memory Soft
  220. Method (can sell as Used-Like New)
  221. Might Dog
  222. MiroPure
  223. Mommy’s Bliss
  224. Monsieur Bebe
  225. Moulin Roty
  226. Mrs. Myers (can sell as Used-Like New)
  227. Nasacort
  228. Nature’s Way
  229. Neat Company
  230. Neato Robotics
  231. Neewer
  232. Nikon
  233. Ninja Blenders
  234. Noco
  235. North Star Games (must provide documentation)
  236. NutriBullet
  237. Ocusan
  238. OFF! (can sell as Used-Like New)
  239. Opinet
  240. Orbeez
  241. Osmo
  242. Otter Box
  243. Paddington Bear
  244. Patagonia
  245. Paw Patrol
  246. Pet Armor
  247. Philips
  248. Picci
  249. Piggy Paint
  250. Pioneer
  251. Presonus
  252. Ovega-3
  253. Que Bella
  254. Quita Piojos
  255. Raid (can sell as Used-Like New)
  256. Rainbow Light
  257. Rainbow Loom
  258. Razer
  259. Razor
  260. Red Castle
  261. Refinery and Co.
  262. Renew Life
  263. RoC Skincare
  264. Rock & Republic (must provide documentation)
  265. Rock the Locks
  266. RockTape
  267. Rodan + Fields
  268. Rolaids
  269. Samsonite
  270. Sanofi
  271. Scosche
  272. Selsun blue
  273. SGX NYC
  274. Sharper Image
  275. Shrine
  276. Snow Oral Care
  277. Sol Republic
  278. SOPHi
  279. Sound United
  280. Spin Master
  281. Sportscreme
  282. Square
  283. Step 2
  284. Super Macho
  285. Sunwise
  286. Swimways
  287. Switchmate
  288. Systane
  289. Table Mate
  290. Tangible Play
  291. The Black Series
  292. The Mane Choice
  293. Thirsty Milo
  294. Tommy Bahama
  295. TOMS
  296. Tonka
  297. Tummy Tucker
  298. Tweezerman
  299. Ugg
  300. Unisom
  301. UP4
  302. Vans
  303. Vaporex
  304. Victoria’s Secret
  305. Vital Proteins
  306. Wet Brush
  307. Wrangler
  308. Yes To
  309. Yeti
  310. Xyzal
  311. Zagg (can sell as Used-Like New)
  312. Zantac
  313. Zap
  314. Zippo
  315. 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.