Not to take this thread off-course, but I think you are both right - and it goes to the heart of the real problem with counterfeits. I have also been awarded patents and would be upset if someone tried to rip off the thousands of hours of work I and others put into it. It is not about my money (that train left the station long ago, my employer owns all rights) but protecting the investment and sweat equity.As someone that has created something that should have been protected by IP and got it ripped off, I have a problem here on principle. How dare someone make money off MY work. And this is damaging to the companies that have spent the money, manpower, and effort to produce these products. The ripoff artists don't put a fraction of the effort in their fakes, and yet they profit from someone else's idea. This is what IP laws are supposed to prevent so that those that develop and create still have a reason to do so. Otherwise a lot of really smart people will just just not share their ideas and hold back the progress of mankind because who wants to work for free? Not me.
At the same time, I have to agree with this: "The issue is people trying to sell the none-genuine cards for full retail prices - this is the real fraud" If someone with access to the right dies, jigs, schematics, SMTs, and other tools needed to fake an Intel i350-T4 does so, they would be crazy to list it as anything other than new condition. So for people reading this in the future, take that into consideration when you see a listing for used hardware - the low price you are paying for their highly depreciated used stuff is not worth the pain you are inflicting on the seller when demanding proof of authenticity.