The Office of the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) has released its annual Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, in which it highlights the marketplaces that it claims facilitate substantial piracy and counterfeiting. After a four year absence, an Alibaba Group platform has re-appeared on the list – and its CEO subsequently sent a strongly-worded email to staff, seen by World Trademark Review, urging stakeholders to continue undeterred in the “all-out war against counterfeits”.

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