Is this a fake / counterfeit GH4 / GH3 battery? Panasonic DMW-BLF19

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Is this a fake / counterfeit GH4 / GH3 battery? Panasonic DMW-BLF19

Can anyone help verify that this DMW-BLF19 battery i just bought on eBay is a fake?

I don't know what packaging a real battery comes in, but I have a genuine DMW-BLF19 which came with my GH4 to compare it against.

Bottom battery is the one that came with GH4:

GH4 battery has noticeable gap between two halves -  questionable battery at top has no gap.

Looking closely, all the text is a slightly different font weight and layout. Date on 2014 battery looks added on later, date on questionable 2013 battery looks like it was printed with the rest of the text.

Also, the square hole has more rounded edges on GH4 batter, whereas it is quite square on the top one.

Questionable battery came in a ziploc bag. Is this really how Panasonic ship their batteries?

Documentation looks crisp, but is only one sided. Genuine?

Printing on box looks sharp, but box is not great quality

Lots of different languages everywhere. Would usually expect some kind of barcode sticker here.

Possibly the most damning  evidence? "Pursuant to at he applicable EU legislation" (sic). Bad typo. Also, the text doesn't look straight, and gets a bit thicker in the middle... Made in China / Fabrique en China / Fabricado en...

Not very good quality cardstock. Box looks a bit rough.

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks!

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
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