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JD.com becomes first Chinese marketplace to join AAFA; promises "cooperation with international fashion brands"
One of the largest online marketplaces in China, JD.com, has signed up to the American Apparel & Footwear Association with a pledge to partner with international fashion brands “on issues surrounding IP protection”. While it celebrates being the first Chinese e-commerce company to become a certified member of the association, some may see parallels between this move and Alibaba’s brief membership of the International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition which, nearly a year ago to the day, resulted in considerable kickback from members.
Brand owners “are not taking appropriate steps to stop counterfeiting”, claims Indian regional official
A minister from the government of the Indian state of West Bengal has called on trademark owners to be more diligent in reporting suspected counterfeiting to local authorities, arguing that many “do not take it up seriously” when it comes to fighting fakes.
Alibaba counters critical New York Times piece but e-commerce's counterfeit problem is now a mainstream issue
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.
China’s top lawmakers met in Beijing last week for their annual plenary session, and the perennial issue of counterfeiting was up for discussion both within the legislative chamber and on the sidelines of the main event. In the run-up, several major players from Chinese industry called for stronger penalties for trademark infringement and counterfeiting offences.
After calling out “malicious” infringement complaints, Alibaba now points the finger at China's “ambiguous counterfeiting laws”
E-commerce giant Alibaba has criticised China’s IP laws and enforcement infrastructure, calling on authorities in its home country to impose stricter criminal penalties for counterfeiting amid mounting disapproval of the company’s own stance on the issue.
Indian study calls for “review” of graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging as illicit trade soars
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry has called for a review of current policy regarding cigarette packaging graphic health warnings after research suggested that it may be a contributory factor in the country’s growing illicit trade in tobacco products.
When it comes to the availability of counterfeit goods, the size of the task facing e-commerce sites cannot be understated. However, reports of Amazon’s ‘investigations-per-hour’ approach to anti-counterfeiting has led to claims that quality in decision-making is suffering.
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.
As Amazon faces a growing chorus of voices demanding that it does more to address its problem with fake goods, there are rumours that the company is working on a new anti-counterfeiting strategy.
China may prohibit ‘counterfeit hunters’ but encouraging consumers to root out fakes should not be given up
The rise of ‘counterfeit hunters’, ‘fake busters’ or ‘professional consumers’ was anticipated by some market observers before and after China reformed its consumer protection laws. Now, the Chinese government is considering a revision of the law that would prohibit the payment of fraudulent sales compensation to individuals seeking them “for commercial purposes”.
WHO may drop ‘counterfeit’ from its substandard drugs definition; move won't affect national legislation
The World Health Organisation is considering a recommendation that it drops use of the term ‘counterfeit’ when referring to drugs and other medical products that appear to fail regulatory standards and lack relevant approvals.
Amazon takes unprecedented action against alleged counterfeiters, but will it appease concerned IP owners?
For the first time in its history, Amazon has sued parties suspected of using its online platform to sell counterfeit goods. The litigation, filed last week, represents a positive step for the e-commerce company, which has often been accused of inaction when it comes to tackling counterfeits on its website. But trademark owners are likely to want to see a lot more from Amazon for their concerns to be significantly allayed.
$18 billion in sales makes for Alibaba’s biggest-ever Singles Day but what cut is going to counterfeiters?
The Chinese celebration of Singles Day each November 11 has become one of the world’s largest shopping events and has arguably turned into the most important day in the calendar for many of the world’s top brand owners. But as e-commerce giant Alibaba reports record Singles Day turnover for 2016, as well as greater-than-ever buy-in from foreign brands, the true extent of trademark infringement and counterfeit trade taking place during the event remains to be seen.
Merchandise produced in anticipation of a Cleveland Indians victory in the US baseball World Series will be destroyed rather than donated to communities in poorer countries, in a break with what has become standard procedure for US sports associations. While Major League Baseball (MLB) seem to have cited trademark and reputation issues as the reason, the new direction could negatively impact on the MLB brand and those of its teams.
The Economist’s Intelligence Unit and the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (EuroCham SG) today released a report measuring Asia-Pacific jurisdictions by the extent to which they enable illicit trade, including counterfeiting and piracy. Singapore itself has a somewhat disappointing placing, just outranking China and beaten by its larger neighbour Malaysia; while Hong Kong’s high placement is somewhat at odds with other measures of its contribution to the global counterfeiting trade.
New research on narcotics trafficking via online ‘darknet’ markets has failed to find any significant connection between the sale of counterfeits and the sale of illicit drugs. While on the face of it this challenges the common argument that the industry in knock-offs supports other criminal ventures, there is more to the picture than immediately meets the eye.
Rights holders shouldn’t hold their breath over significant progress on Asia-Pacific trademark protection
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.
Birkenstock leaves Amazon "to counterfeiters, fake suppliers and unauthorised sellers" as IP concern mounts
German footwear maker Birkenstock has decided to quit the Amazon marketplace in protest at what it perceives to be a lax approach to counterfeiting on the part of the online retailer.
How New Zealand’s FernMark licence is helping Kiwi businesses to build brands and fight counterfeiters
In the latest issue of World Trademark Review, we explore how the FernMark collective mark licensing programme is helping New Zealand businesses (like start-up tea producer Zealong) to expand and protect their brands overseas. Selling tea to China which alone produces one-third of the world’s supply may sound like a Sisyphean task, but it is one that New Zealand start-up Zealong has taken up with aplomb.
A report released by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global IP Centre (GIPC) this week indicates that as much as 86% of the world’s counterfeit goods originate from China. While there have been positive developments on the IP enforcement front in China over the past few years, the GIPC figures stand as a stark reminder that there is still a significant and perhaps insurmountable problem with counterfeiting in the country.
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