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For example, lets say I rebuild water pumps commercially. My business consists of buying used pumps, replacing all the wearable components (seals, bearings, etc), thoroughly testing them, then selling them as refurbished with a warranty.

In this example, if I wanted to replace damaged or worn data plates/manufacturer information stickers, could I legally produce identical stickers and use them on the units, and still market them as being made by the original manufacturer of the pump?

Is it legal to copy the exact design and content of the sticker, or do I have to make my own design that states the original manufacturer and that it was rebuilt?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

  • A restoration of an original model notice would be an accurate statement avoiding any possible confusion. An unauthorized copy of an original label could cause a great deal of problems. – Mark Johnson Jun 1 at 20:45
  • It would be wise, if you rebuild many pumps from one maker, to contact the manufacturer and ask whether they would prefer you to sell these refurbishments under their label or your own; either way you're not hurt and they're happy. (There's somebody who does something similar to old Land Rovers for those who prefer the old design to the new Defender; Land Rover are apparently happy for them to carry both the original badge and the refurbisher's.) Legally the case is likely to turn on whether your pumps are as good quality as the original, but a lot depends on jurisdiction. – Tim Lymington supports Monica Jun 3 at 13:58

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