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A groundbreaking new study has found that most consumers feel “moral disgust” and “revulsion” from using counterfeit goods, with a warning that this feeling can be extended to genuine goods that are often copied. The research is a reminder of the tremendous brand harm such illicit activity causes, with the study suggesting a new form of damage in trademark cases.
Legislation was tabled last week in the US House of Representatives calling for the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), following a week in which over 100 elected officials declared their support for dismantling the organisation. It sparked a reminder that the agency plays a crucial role in the fight against counterfeits, with a leading trademark lawyer describing the calls for ICE’s complete abolition as “short-sighted”, warning that such a move would damage brand rights enforcement as well as other positive functions it serves.
The main drivers that determine the likelihood of a country being involved in the trade of counterfeit goods have been identified by a new report from the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Governance, free trade zones, production facilities, logistical capabilities and facilities and trade facilitation policies are all highlighted as the key determinants.
Trump administration tariffs “could help legitimise fake goods”: trade associations join up to sound alarm bells
A number of major US trade associations have joined forces to send a letter to two members of the House Ways and Means Committee warning that the Trump administration’s recent trade tariffs are having a harmful effect on the battle against counterfeit goods. The strongly worded letter, seen by World Trademark Review, claims that the tariffs place “significant barriers on the fight against harmful fakes” and calls for an urgent rethink.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway in Russia today, and major brands sponsors and non-sponsors alike have already kicked off efforts to benefit from the buzz surrounding the tournament. Meanwhile, the authorities have commenced policing for infringement, with the Federal Antimonopoly Service having initiated cases centred on the misuse of FIFA’s marks.
The UK Supreme Court has handed down its decision in the Cartier website blocking case, siding with internet service providers (ISPs) and ruling that brand owners should indemnify ISPs for the costs of implementing blocking injunctions. While a blow to rights holders, industry commentators argue that such injunctions remain a key weapon in the fight against online infringement.
World Cup ambush marketing warning, muppet lawyer speaks out, and brands urged to get political: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Velcro Companies releasing a new music video, a law professor fighting to keep Rapunzel trademark public, the Germany whisky that may sound too Scottish, a warning about counterfeit electrical products, and a study that finds the vast majority of consumers want brands to speak up about political and social issues.
South Korea rockets to top of customs ranking; illicit trade report reveals countries that need to do more
The Global Illicit Trade Environment Index, launched simultaneously in Hong Kong, Brussels and Panama City, scores 84 economies on the extent that they enable or prevent illicit trade. While taking a broad look at illicit trade, the report contains useful insight on the anti-counterfeiting landscape.
Two trade associations in the United States have spoken publicly about their concerns over the Trump administration’s recent steel and aluminium tariffs on the European Union. Talking to World Trademark Review, a representative for one of those associations claims targeting trade allies rather than partnering with them “weakens” the ongoing battle against the scourge of fake goods.
“You do what you can to reduce risk”: exclusive interview with Rovio Entertainment’s Robert Hagelstam
Legal counsel for IP rights at Rovio Entertainment, best known as the owner of hit mobile gaming app Angry Birds, Robert Hagelstam explains how the company won its high-stakes long-running battle with Chinese trademark squatters, reveals his approach to securing rights in the fast-moving mobile apps sectors, and told us that many brands tend to over-file for trademarks.
New research has revealed that the sellers of counterfeit cosmetic goods are increasingly utilising social media to attract and dupe consumers. Importantly, the study has revealed that half of the consumers polled expect brands to take responsibility for protecting them from fakes.
The 2018 edition of Anti-counterfeiting A Global Guide, which provides trademark and brand protection professionals with critical guidance on anti-counterfeiting laws, procedures and strategies in key jurisdictions around the world, is now available to view online.
Alibaba boasts “significant progress” in IP protection efforts; development of API urged to allow third-party takedowns
Alibaba has revealed what it describes as “significant progress” in IP protection in 2017, with data showing significantly faster processing time for takedowns and a 42% decline in notice-and-takedown requests. While the results show that the Chinese marketplace giant is confident that its efforts are garnering positive results, people we spoke to still report huge volumes of fakes with one urging Alibaba to develop an API to allow third-party takedowns.
As Alibaba’s Anti-counterfeiting Alliance grows, is Amazon now the primary battleground in the war against fakes?
Alibaba Group has confirmed that membership to its Anti-counterfeiting Alliance has climbed to over 100 brands, a significant rise from the original 30 when the initiative launched in January 2017. While brand support for Alibaba appears to be growing, exclusive survey data reveals the Chinese giant is still a significant challenge for rights holders tackling fakes but respondents also claim that Amazon is “less and less willing to help brand owners”.
Supreme most searched counterfeit brand, IACC training programme and massive confectionery brand portfolio sold: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Under Armour launching a trademark suit against a competitor, how online searches for fake fashion is soaring, the massive portfolio of confectionery brands that has been sold off and details of the IACC’s latest training programme.
US government ranks Canada’s border enforcement on same level as China; Special 301 adds Saudi Arabia and UAE
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has published the 2018 Special 301 Report, the second released during the Trump administration. Canada has been added to the Priority Watch List this year due to “a failure to resolve key longstanding deficiencies in protection and enforcement of IP” meaning all eyes will now be on the country’s newly-announced Intellectual Property Strategy.
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.
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