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Alibaba counters critical New York Times piece but e-commerce's counterfeit problem is now a mainstream issue (Blog)
World Trademark Review has covered the topic of counterfeiting for over 15 years, but it is only in the past year or so that the illicit trade in IP-infringing fakes seems to have become a topic of regular interest for the wider media. Last week, the New York Times delved into the subject, but in doing so it provoked the ire of e-commerce giant Alibaba.
Leading e-sports players must take trademark protection seriously or risk losing ownership of their gamertags (Blog)
The e-sports industry is growing at a rapid pace and its most successful professional teams are starting to form effective brand protection strategies. However, two IP lawyers in the space warn that many individual players are ignoring the risks posed by the failure to protect their gamertags.
Alibaba calls out persistent IP abusers receives criticism for "blaming the victims" (updated) (Blog)
Alibaba Group has taken a hard line against users that file false or misleading IP infringement complaints, claiming that 24% of all complaints it receives are deemed “malicious” and “a drain on the group’s efforts to stamp out counterfeits”. Highlighting its strong stance on the matter, it confirmed it had barred one company from lodging complaints due to repeated misuses of its complaints platform. However, one commentator claims that the problem is of the ecommerce giant’s own making.
Publicising ‘aggressive’ trademark enforcement; HomeVestors reveals motivation behind unusual PR move (Blog)
In a press release issued last week, HomeVestors of America highlighted the range of legal actions it initiated in 2016 and pointed to its growing reputation for aggressive trademark enforcement. For many companies, the ‘aggressive’ label is one to be avoided so World Trademark Review reached out to obtain insight into the business motivations for shouting about its willingness to litigate.
Toll of counterfeiting and piracy predicted to top $2.3 trillion as call made for governments to do more (Blog)
New research estimates that the global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy could reach $2.3 trillion by 2022, with job losses totalling in excess of 5 million. The research provides important data to policymakers. The challenge now is to ensure that they pay heed to it.
Last year was another busy one in terms of trademark strategy news, and the world’s largest and fastest-developing regional market was often at the centre of it all. World Trademark Review presents a retrospective on some of the key trademark and brand management developments in Asia-Pacific jurisdictions during 2016.
Trademark implications of Brexit, Trump and Samsung Note 7 crisis feature in our most-read list of 2016 (Blog)
As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the blogs which received the most reads in the past 12 months. Our list includes the brand value hit of Samsung’s Note 7 crisis, Alibaba’s spat with Chinese ecommerce rival JD.com and trademark applications attempting to commercialise the Panama Papers, Brexit and the once-popular ‘meme’ Be Like Bill.
Trademark filings in Kurdistan have been suspended until further notice due to “administrative and management issues” at the office, World Trademark Review understands. Those seeking to secure registrations that cover the entirety of Iraq which has had two self-autonomous trademark offices since 2011 will likely have to wait until early next year for operations to resume. The development could cause headaches for brand owners seeking to enforce rights in the region, including US president-elect Donald Trump, with a ‘Trump Fish’ restaurant recently opening in the Iraqi city of Duhok.
This week, high-level brand protection professionals, investigators, industry specialists and enforcement officials gathered in Shanghai for World Trademark Review's Brand Protection Greater China summit. Across the packed agenda there were a number of critical practical takeaways for those tasked with protecting the integrity of their brands in the region.
World Trademark Review is pleased to present the session-by-session speaking faculty for Brand Protection Greater China, which takes place in Shanghai on December 7. A handful of delegate places remain for next week’s high-level interactive event, which has been designed to deliver practical, actionable takeaways for professionals engaged in protection and enforcement activities across the region.
Media brands can’t rely on Facebook and Google to fight the reputational risks posed by fake news (Blog)
There have been growing calls in recent weeks for Facebook and Google to tackle content published by fake news websites. This follows accusations that both provided a platform for the sharing and promotion of misinformation during the recent US election. What is being less discussed is the responsibility that major media companies have to stop such sites specifically those that use the branding of popular news outlets as a way to add legitimacy to their hoax articles.
Submissions to the Office of the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) annual request for comments to identify the online and physical markets that should be included in the 2016 Notorious Markets List has seen renewed calls for Alibaba to be relisted. However, the online giant has confirmed the filing of a rebuttal comment, telling World Trademark Review that its submission describes its steadfast efforts to fight counterfeiters online.
Major new research project to identify the leading corporate trademark professionals launches (Blog)
World Trademark Review is inviting nominations for an extensive new research project designed to identify and profile the world’s leading in-house trademark professionals. Act now to ensure that the industry’s leading lights are recognised for the invaluable work they undertake.
At this week’s International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime Conference in London, discussion focused on how to take down the ability of counterfeiters to profit from the sale of illicit goods. One tactic is collaboration with the payment processing industry, in a bid to choke off access to funds. However, brand owners were warned that they need to be credible partners and not seek to game the system for competitive edge.
Rights holders shouldn’t hold their breath over significant progress on Asia-Pacific trademark protection (Blog)
Improvement of the regional trademark protection landscape was a key discussion point during the 13th China-ASEAN Expo, which draws to a close today in the Chinese city of Nanning. But in spite of the promising overtures from registration and enforcement agencies, heightened geopolitical tensions could hinder any attempts at progress.
While still in its nascent stages, the success of Pokémon GO has provided a glimpse into the potential of augmented reality (AR) and if the technology goes truly mainstream, there will be a direct impact on the work of trademark counsel. A new study from Perkins Coie and virtual reality proponent Upload takes a look at industry expectations for AR and virtual reality.
“Help us help you”: international trade groups lay out anti-counterfeiting demands to Alibaba (Blog)
A coalition of international brand and trade groups has sent a letter to senior figures at Alibaba Group highlighting continued concerns around the implementation of effective anti-counterfeiting measures on its platforms. While the letter includes scathing criticisms of some of the currently available tools decrying the processing of non-good faith notices as “woeful” it offers a number of practical recommendations on how the online giant could improve.
Brand owners’ call to arms against online fakes: new edition of World Trademark Review now available (Blog)
In recent months we have reported closely on the outcry against Alibaba’s membership of the International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition, high-profile companies embroiled in public spats with marketplaces and in-fighting between platforms themselves. In the latest edition of World Trademark Review - now available online to subscribers - our cover story focuses on the rights protection mechanisms that some of the world’s biggest brands would like digital marketplaces to implement.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce that it will be hosting Brand Protection Greater China, a new high-level event for brand protection professionals, in Shanghai on December 7 2016.
For this week’s blog post from the WTR 1000 research team, it is timely to consider the current state of trademark protection in Africa, how bright the future looks, and crucially - the strategic counsel that clients are likely to receive as firms seek to extend their coverage across the continent.
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