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Seen by senior management as a cost centre, many practitioners toiling in the brand protection trenches struggle to secure funding. However, Ford's brand protection manager, Asia-Pacific, Angela Chen, has told World Trademark Review in an exclusive interview that her team's focus on hard recovery has led to a fundamental shift in perception. She notes that “Ford’s leadership is convinced that brand protection is a great revenue generator”, and has told us how this was achieved.
Russia’s trademark landscape buoyant despite economic and political woes: exclusive data analysis (Blog)
In this week’s country data report we turn our attention to Russia, analysing the country’s most important industries, key filing statistics and how its brands have fared against the backdrop of a troubled economy and increasingly tense political climate.
Alibaba unveils new auto parts policy, industry groups split over anti-counterfeiting efforts (Blog)
Alibaba has announced the ban of listings offering car airbag components on two of its cross-border e-commerce platforms, a move welcomed by the Automotive Anti-counterfeiting Council. The development echoes the automotive industry’s zero-tolerance approach to fake parts that endanger the safety of consumers and provides the e-commerce giant with another high-profile endorsement as it awaits the publication of this year’s Office of the US Trade Representative's Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets.
Majority of suspected online infringers re-register popular domain names, according to new study (Blog)
A new report from the EU Intellectual Property Office has revealed that the phenomenon of e-shops marketing infringing goods via previously used brand-related domain names as observed in Denmark is also occurring in Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain. Worryingly, the study claims that it is occurring to a higher degree than expected.
eBay launches new authentication programme as it seeks to remain ‘gold standard’ platform for rights protection (Blog)
Leading online marketplace eBay has launched an innovative new programme to verify high-priced fashion and luxury goods. While it will not lead to a significant reduction in the overall volume of online counterfeiting, experts tell World Trademark Review that the service could have a significant impact on the most damaging form of illicit internet sales those where consumers who intend to buy an authentic product unwittingly end up with a fake.
This week the Wall Street Journal reported that luxury brands are demanding a firmer commitment from Amazon to police counterfeits on the platform, with talks between the e-commerce giant and Swatch breaking down over Amazon's unwillingness to do more. While the call for increased brand protection mechanisms is persistent, for some luxury brands the decision not to utilise the platform is a wider strategic one, rather than specifically tied to anti-counterfeiting programmes.
Previous Alibaba critic has positive words as e-commerce giant seeks removal of Taobao from notorious markets list (Blog)
The public comments received by the US Trade Representative (USTR) in the run-up to this year’s Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets have been published, with Alibaba contending that none of its platforms engage in or facilitate counterfeiting. The USTR will make the final decision on whether any of its sites make the list, but the e-commerce giant will be heartened by the comments of a previously critical brand association, which expresses a more positive understanding of the challenges Alibaba faces.
Unpublished EU study casts doubt on displacement of sales by online infringement, but the reality is nuanced (Blog)
The EU Commission has come under fire for failing to to publish a 360,000 study of the economic costs of piracy the report was only released after a member of the European Parliament obtained a copy following a freedom of information request. The report suggests that piracy has little negative effect on sales of copyrighted material, although the findings are slightly more nuanced than that headline conclusion. While it does not directly address the consequences of trademark infringement, it will stir up debate about the economic costs of counterfeiting.
Brands offered “unique opportunity” to engage with Cambodian government to help shape country's IP system (Blog)
In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, the goodwill ambassador for the Cambodian Counter Counterfeit Committee, Ainsley Jong, has called on international brands to engage with the Cambodian government to help shape the country’s brand protection environment. The invitation comes at a time of booming economic growth, with more companies expected to enter the market in the coming years.
New anti-counterfeiting best practice for landlords issued; doubts over willingness to cooperate with brand owners (Blog)
A new paper from the International Chamber of Commerce’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy addresses a number of challenges that landlords face in stemming the flow of counterfeit products. It also encourages increased cooperation between landlords and brand owners. However, market experts have expressed scepticism over the prospect of landlords becoming proactive partners in the fight against fakes.
A bill in Nigeria has proposed a series of amendments to the country’s counterfeiting legislation, including life sentences for those convicted of selling certain types of counterfeit products. World Trademark Review spoke with market experts to gauge their reaction to the proposal, and found a mostly positive response.
This week, Alibaba’s Anti-counterfeiting Alliance (AACA) announced the creation of a brand advisory board to facilitate greater collaboration between the e-commerce giant and AACA members on the protection of IP rights. One brand protection leader for a major international company has welcomed the development, but hopes that “truly new” approaches to anti-counterfeiting are the result, rather than extensions, of existing programmes.
Current approaches to online counterfeiting ineffective, international harmonisation needed, WIPO study suggests (Blog)
A major new study of approaches to online trademark infringement has highlighted significant limitations in prevailing responses to the issue. Underscoring the manifold difficulties of tackling counterfeiting in a borderless online environment, it argues that only a more harmonised approach, based on consistent legal and technical standards, can make significant headway against the problem.
New report reveals most consumers cannot identify fake food products; brand owners urged to do more (Blog)
A new report has revealed that few consumers have had personal experience with counterfeit food goods, as three-quarters admitted that they would not be able to identify such fake products. The problem is so bad that the head of the National Food Crime Unit told us that “there is little” consumers can do to protect themselves from fake food and drink products.
Major initiative launches to combat illicit trade, aims to unite anti-counterfeiting and supply chain innovators (Blog)
A new private sector initiative, the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade, was unveiled this week with a mandate to “stop the significant and growing economic and social damages caused by illicit trade”. Director General Jeffrey P Hardy told World Trademark Review that anti-counterfeiting efforts will be just one work stream, with the organisation aiming to foster a cross-sectorial effort against illicit trade in all of its guises.
UKIPO study claims social networks “encourage IP infringement”; complicit consumers actively seek out fakes (Blog)
Research commissioned by the UK IP Office has reinforced claims made by government enforcement agencies that social media platforms “encourage IP infringement”, while also amplifying counterfeiters’ messages by increasing the connectivity of potential complicit consumers. However, the office noted that the study is based only on a 2015 snapshot and further investigation is needed to uncover the true scale and nature of infringement.
Costco to appeal latest ruling in Tiffany dispute; claims case isn't about “common understanding” of counterfeiting (Blog)
A US District Court judge has found that Tiffany & Co is entitled to recover $11.1 million in lost profit (plus interest), as well as $8.25 million in punitive damages, from Costco over the sale of counterfeit Tiffany rings. In response, the wholesale giant has pledged to appeal, contending that the case is not about counterfeiting “in the common understanding of that word”.
A press release issued today has announced that Kering and Alibaba Group have signed a “landmark agreement” to cooperate in the protection of intellectual property and engage in joint enforcement activities. The shock move, by an organisation that has been highly critical of the e-commerce giant, brings to an end Kering’s headline-grabbing lawsuit against the Chinese company.
New anti-counterfeiting tech firm insists it could “kill the fake markets instantly”; critic says claim “ignores the reality on the ground” (Blog)
A new anti-counterfeiting technology company, which uses QR codes to allow consumers to identify authentic products, has been making bold claims since it launched in June. A representative for the company tells World Trademark Review that it has the potential to “kill the fake markets instantly” by offering free access to its technology. However, one commentator has decried IP service companies which promise an ‘end to counterfeits’.
New anti-counterfeiting coalition aims "to lead” in lobbying Trump administration to step up fight against fakes (Blog)
The Precious Metals Association of North America has announced the formation of a national coalition to “protect IP rights against foreign counterfeiting operations”. A representative tells World Trademark Review that the organisation has already begun discussions with influential members of Congress and the Trump administration to strengthen federal efforts to tackle foreign counterfeit operations.
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