Fossil, Inc.


FOSSIL is a global design, marketing and distribution company that specializes in consumer fashion accessories.  The Company's principal offerings include an extensive line of men's and women's fashion watches and jewelry sold under proprietary and licensed brands, handbags, small leather goods, belts, sunglasses, cold weather products, footwear, and apparel.

Fossil is committed to protecting the quality of its products as well as the interests of its customers.  To that end, Fossil stringently monitors the Internet, including auction sites, to ensure that none of its intellectual property rights have been infringed.

Any unauthorized uses of Fossil’s copyrighted works and trademarks, or any offers for sale of unauthorized merchandise, constitute infringement and are punishable by criminal penalties.

The only way to ensure that you are buying an authentic FOSSIL product is to purchase it through an authorized Fossil retailer.


Q:        Why did my auction get shut down?

A:         Your auction was most likely terminated because it displayed unauthorized reproductions of copyrighted images or trademarks owned by Fossil, or because it offered for sale unauthorized merchandise.

Q:        Why was I not informed directly by Fossil prior to my auction being shut down?

A:         For reasons of speed and efficiency, as well as the large volume of Fossil items on eBay, it is not feasible for Fossil to contact sellers directly.

Q:        Why did eBay allow me to post my auction if it is illegal?

A:         eBay cannot conduct a comprehensive pre-screening process to account for all violations.  As such, the ability to post auctions of infringing merchandise, trademarks or copyrighted material does not mean that the auction is legal.

Q:        What if I did not know I was infringing on Fossil’s trademarks?

A:         Innocent intent does not negate liability under state and federal copyright and trademark laws. 


Q:        Can I still list my items if I explicitly state it is “not genuine,” “Fossil-like,” “Fossil-inspired” or any other similar phrase?

A:         No.  Disclaimers regarding the authenticity of goods do not satisfy state and federal copyright and trademark laws.

Q:        If I am selling a legitimate item of Fossil merchandise, can I use Fossil’s ad in my listing?

A:         No.  The use of Fossil trademarks, logos or copyrighted photographs to promote the sale of the item or make your auction more appealing will constitute infringement.