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Half of companies have lost revenue to online counterfeits, as darknet infringement predicted to rise
New research from MarkMonitor reveals that almost half of the companies it surveyed had lost sales revenue to online counterfeits. Equally worrying was the finding that almost a third had no online brand protection plan in place. Despite increasing infringement levels, cost and resources continue to prove elusive for those keen to fight fakes and that situation is unlikely to improve any time soon.
WeChat has issued a report outlining its anti-counterfeiting efforts and unveiling improvements to its Weixin Brand Protection Platform. The move will be welcomed by rights holders, as the social media company has been the subject of recent criticism over the lack of transparency in its activities. Crucially, the report contains some interesting data for those fighting infringement on its platforms.
Argentina’s emergency trademark law amendments and reassuring filing figures; exclusive data analysis
In our latest data report, World Trademark Review examines Argentina's IP profile, exploring the potential impact of the new emergency decree on trademark law, while providing a thorough breakdown on filings at the Argentine register and delving into the performance of the trademark office.
New research from the OECD and EUIPO reveals that growth in free trade zones where economic activity is driven by reduced customs controls, light regulation and limited oversight is, in turn, fostering growth in counterfeit goods trafficking.
Amazon under fire for banning sale of Google Chromecast and “fulfilling” sales of fake and copycat streaming devices
Retail giant Amazon has come in for more criticism over the sale of fakes on its platform, this time for selling and fulfilling the delivery of copycat Google Chromecast products. The denunciation comes days after one small business owner accused Amazon of being “complicit with counterfeiting” a statement that went viral and has led to increased pressure on the company to take further action to stem the sale of fakes.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released a major new policy study in which it identifies how governments and customs authorities can step up the fight against illicit goods. A particular focus is how to overcome the policing challenge posed by the increased use of small parcel mailings a spotlight that will be welcomed by trademark professionals. Attention will now turn to whether meaningful action results.
A beer coloured trademark, Changsha IP court opens, and Kosovo registry launches digital database: news round-up
In today’s edition, we look how the so-called Beast from the East closed the UK IPO Office this week, the European Commission stepping up its battle against illegal content online, a new IP court opens for business in China, and controversy in Australia over a trademark application for a football chant.
US government report finds staggering ratio of fakes on major e-commerce sites: calls for agencies to step up
A new report published by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that US agencies could be doing significantly more to tackle the growing threat of counterfeit goods. In doing so, the GAO revealed the staggering ratio between authentic and fake goods on e-commerce sites.
China has launched its first state-backed luxury goods appraisal centre, designed to help consumers avoid purchasing expensive counterfeit products. Talking to World Trademark Review, local experts are split on how effective this initiative will be in the fight against fakes.
Alibaba gone quiet? Brand owners give mixed response to marketplace giant's recent anti-counterfeiting efforts
Over the first two months of the year, there has been little anti-counterfeiting messaging emanating from Alibaba. This contrasts sharply with the start of 2017, suggesting the company has opted against lobbying to remove Taobao from the USTR’s Notorious Markets List. World Trademark Review spoke to brand owner participants in Alibaba’s Anti-counterfeiting Alliance about whether there has been much under-the-radar activity.
Sweden considering prison for infringers, EUIPO switches banks and cops brandishing fake firearms: news round-up
In our latest news round-up, we look the Qatari government continuing its counterfeit crackdown, a cheese stand-off between the European Union and Mexico, how multimedia trademarks could transform the video game industry and reports of police in Pakistan using counterfeit firearms.
It was reported over the weekend that fashion brand Diesel has opened a pop-up store in New York selling so-called ‘fake fakes’. The move is part of a marketing campaign dubbed ‘Go with the Fake’, aimed at encouraging consumers to “wear whatever they want”. While the campaign is creating a lot of online buzz, some have contended that it is also glorifying counterfeit goods in the process.
In our latest news round-up we look at how the Zimbabwe government is hiring a technology company to tackle counterfeit goods, the brands being accused of using “underhand tricks” to fool consumers and a new report looking at the leading Chinese brands.
Pharma brands warned not to be ‘trademark bullies’, Turkey on top, and world’s oldest mark: news round-up
In our latest news round-up we look at Turkey moving to the top of the European trademark filing league, Activision prevailing in a lawsuit in China, a British football club being mocked for its new logo, and the search for the world’s oldest registered mark. Coverage this time from Tim Lince (TJL), Adam Houldsworth (AH) and Timothy Au (TA).
A week-long spat between Alibaba and the Office of the US Trade Representative has turned into a full-blown diplomatic issue after the Chinese government publicly questioned the credibility of the Notorious Markets List. China’s Ministry of Commerce has also claimed that the report lacks “solid evidence” to include the nine Chinese marketplaces accused of engaging in rampant IP infringement a move that appears to call into question the accounts of brand owners tackling fake goods in China.
Alibaba on the offensive: warns brands not to trust Notorious Markets List, undecided on future cooperation
Alibaba Group continues to talk tough in the wake of its online marketplace Taobao remaining on the Office of the US Trade Representative’s latest Notorious Markets List. Talking to World Trademark Review, an Alibaba spokesperson claims that brand owners should no longer trust the list and revealed that the company may not submit evidence for future reports.
"INTA can serve as the connector": new president on the association’s expanded anti-counterfeiting role
Last week INTA officially announced the election of Tish Berard as its 2018 president and chair of the board of directors. In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, she expands on the co-ordination role the association can play in the global fight against counterfeiting and the need for trademark professionals to embrace change in all of its guises.
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has released the latest edition of its annual Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, in which it highlights marketplaces that it claims facilitate substantial intellectual property infringement. Alibaba Group's Taobao remains on the list, and in response, Alibaba has labelled itself “a scapegoat for the USTR to win points in a highly-politicised environment” and claims that it "not only met but dramatically exceeded" last year's recommendations.
Continuing our rundown of the trademark personalities of 2017, we look at the final selection of figures that have had a profound impact on the industry this year. Be it those who have influenced public dialogue or caused significant disruption (for good or bad), we have chosen the personalities both individuals and entities that we feel have defined the trademark news agenda in the last 12 months.
Lego clinches another IP victory, police powers for Moldovan IP office, and plain packaged political parties: news round-up
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at the IP implications of the European Union and Japan’s finalised trade deal, the brands that are signing a major anti-counterfeiting declaration and another victory for Lego in China.
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