Over the past fortnight, World Trademark Review conducted and analysed the results of an exclusive independent survey focused on member sentiment of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition (IACC). This comes nearly a year after the IACC launched an intermediary membership category (and, in turn, the introduction of Alibaba as a member), which sparked a membership revolt. In all, the survey revealed that members are broadly positive about the organisation, especially in regards to its training and lobbying efforts. However, concern was also expressed around the organisation’s leadership and a perceived lack of transparency. We presented the results in full, as well as numerous comments from members who are supportive of the organisation and also those that feel there are significant issues that need urgently addressing.
Also this week, we reported on ICANN informing the operator of the ‘.feedback’ TLD that it is in breach of its registry agreement. This is the first instance a registry has been found in breach of its ICANN compliance obligations as a result of a public interest commitment dispute resolution procedure complaint, and we cover the response of the move as well as comment from Jay Westerdal, CEO of ‘.feedback’.
Finally, we looked at the latest sharp rise in annual trademark filings in China and a look at Alibaba’s defiant response to a critical New York Times article.
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