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