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. Bearpaw (can sell as Used-Like New)
  48. Beauty Pet
  49. Berwick
  50. Besdata
  51. Bestomz
  52. Bethesda
  53. BH Cosmetics
  54. BIC (can sell as Used-Like New)
  55. Biolite
  56. Bissell
  57. Blitzball
  58. Blue Microphones
  59. Bodum
  60. Bose
  61. Boston
  62. Bpro
  63. Bracoo
  64. Bratz
  65. Braun
  66. Bravo Sierra
  67. Britannia
  68. Britax
  69. Broncosan
  70. Buck
  71. Bulbhead
  72. Butterick
  73. C’est Moi
  74. Caldrea (can sell as Used-Like New)
  75. California Tan
  76. Canary
  77. Canon
  78. Capital Brands
  79. Capzasin-HP
  80. Carol’s Daughter
  81. Case-Mate (must provide documentation)
  82. Chemex
  83. Chinkyboo
  84. Chloe
  85. Christian Dior
  86. City Scene
  87. Coleman
  88. Comfylife
  89. Comic Concept
  90. Comic Images
  91. Comic Maker
  92. Contour Living
  93. CocoKind
  94. Cortizone-10
  95. Cra-Z-Art
  96. Craft-tastic
  97. Crocs
  98. Crosley
  99. Culturelle
  100. Curls
  101. Davidoff
  102. DBPower
  103. De La Cruz
  104. Deejo
  105. Dermelect
  106. Deuter
  107. Discovery
  108. Discovery #Mindblown
  109. Discovery Kids
  110. Discovery Toys
  111. DLC Laboratories
  112. Dog & Bone
  113. Dr. Ginger’s
  114. Dulcolax
  115. Duracell (can sell as Used-Like New)
  116. Earth’s Care
  117. EasyPix
  118. EB5
  119. Eero
  120. Effersan (must follow MAP pricing if selling)
  121. Energizer (must provide documentation)
  122. Epic Drops (brands include Piggy, Bendy, FGTeeV, Ice Scream)
  123. ESpring
  124. Estroven
  125. Etereauty
  126. Eureka
  127. Faber-Castell
  128. FAO Schwarz
  129. Favorite Findings
  130. Fifty/Fifty
  131. Finlo
  132. First com
  133. Firstline
  134. Fissler GmbH
  135. Fitbit
  136. Fitlife
  137. FoxyBae
  138. Fremantle
  139. Frye
  140. Fujifilm
  141. Garunk
  142. GE
  143. Gel-A-Peel
  144. Georgie
  145. Glade (can sell as Used-Like New)
  146. Glitzhome
  147. Globulo Rojo
  148. GN Netcom
  149. Go Donut
  150. Go Extreme
  151. Gold Bond
  152. GoPro
  153. Grace & Stella
  154. Griffin
  155. Guess
  156. Gund
  157. Hammer + Axe
  158. Hape
  159. Harry’s
  160. Hauptstadtkoffer
  161. Havex
  162. Helen Of Troy
  163. Helle
  164. Heos
  165. Home-it
  166. Honest Baby
  167. Honestly Cute
  168. House of Marley (must provide documentation)
  169. Huion
  170. Hurley
  171. i2o
  172. Icy Hot
  173. Ikea
  174. Implus Footcare
  175. Inkrite
  176. Inkwrite
  177. Inova
  178. Ion
  179. iRobot
  180. It Haircare
  181. Italkonline
  182. Ito Professional
  183. Jabra
  184. Jansport
  185. Jasco
  186. Jennifer Lopez
  187. Jet Creations
  188. Jil Sander
  189. Kate Spade
  190. Kidsbo
  191. Kilner
  192. Kinetic Sand
  193. Kitchenaid
  194. Kitsound
  195. Klean Kanteen
  196. Klipsch
  197. Koolatron
  198. Kylie Cosmetics
  199. La Roche Posay
  200. Lalaloopsy
  201. LaMode
  202. Lavanila
  203. Lavie
  204. Leatherman Tool
  205. Leg Avenue
  206. Leicke
  207. LELO
  208. Levi’s
  209. Linxor
  210. Livivo
  211. LOL Suprise
  212. Luga
  213. Luseta
  214. Lush
  215. Macoon
  216. Madre Perla de Ultratez
  217. Magic Bullet
  218. Marantz
  219. Medela
  220. Mederma
  221. Memory Soft
  222. Method (can sell as Used-Like New)
  223. Might Dog
  224. MiroPure
  225. Mommy’s Bliss
  226. Monsieur Bebe
  227. Moulin Roty
  228. Mrs. Myers (can sell as Used-Like New)
  229. Nasacort
  230. Nature’s Way
  231. Neat Company
  232. Neato Robotics
  233. Neewer
  234. Nikon
  235. Ninja Blenders
  236. Noco
  237. North Star Games (must provide documentation)
  238. NutriBullet
  239. Ocusan
  240. OFF! (can sell as Used-Like New)
  241. Opinet
  242. Orbeez
  243. Osmo
  244. Otter Box
  245. Paddington Bear
  246. Patagonia
  247. Paw Patrol
  248. Pet Armor
  249. Philips
  250. Picci
  251. Piggy Paint
  252. Pioneer
  253. Presonus
  254. Ovega-3
  255. Que Bella
  256. Quita Piojos
  257. Raid (can sell as Used-Like New)
  258. Rainbow Light
  259. Rainbow Loom
  260. Razer
  261. Razor
  262. Red Castle
  263. Refinery and Co.
  264. Renew Life
  265. RoC Skincare
  266. Rock & Republic (must provide documentation)
  267. Rock the Locks
  268. RockTape
  269. Rodan + Fields
  270. Rolaids
  271. Samsonite
  272. Sanofi
  273. Scosche
  274. Selsun blue
  275. SGX NYC
  276. Sharper Image
  277. Shrine
  278. Snow Oral Care
  279. Sol Republic
  280. SOPHi
  281. Sound United
  282. Spin Master
  283. Sportscreme
  284. Square
  285. Step 2
  286. Super Macho
  287. Sunwise
  288. Swimways
  289. Switchmate
  290. Systane
  291. Table Mate
  292. Tangible Play
  293. The Black Series
  294. The Mane Choice
  295. Thirsty Milo
  296. Tommy Bahama
  297. TOMS
  298. Tonka
  299. Tummy Tucker
  300. Tweezerman
  301. Ugg
  302. Unisom
  303. UP4
  304. Vans
  305. Vaporex
  306. Victoria’s Secret
  307. Vital Proteins
  308. Wet Brush
  309. Wrangler
  310. Yes To
  311. Yeti
  312. Xyzal
  313. Zagg (can sell as Used-Like New)
  314. Zantac
  315. Zap
  316. Zippo
  317. 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.