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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.
Chinese entities now own almost half of all new generic top-level domain (gTLD) registrations, with nine of the top 10 new gTLD registrants associated with the country, according to recent reports. With another tranche of gTLDs just approved for sale by the Chinese government, many brand owners will be concerned about what this all means for their trademark protection strategies.
Preliminary findings of research conducted by IBM indicate that new gTLDs are among the most widely used top-level domains in email spamming activities. With spam containing malicious attachments on the rise, the report notes that new gTLDs are becoming more popular because they allow spammers to vary their domain URLs and thus bypass spam filters.
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.
A study by cybersecurity firm PhishLabs indicates that the volume of phishing attacks grew by almost one-third last year, with cloud storage brands set to overtake financial services as the top targets. Researchers also found that phishing perpetrators are increasingly turning to new gTLDs to dupe internet users.
The original deadline for INTA’s survey on the impact of new gTLDs on brand owners has been extended, with corporate members now having until Friday February 28 to submit their responses. The study is designed to provide empirical data on the real-world cost of the new gTLD programme on trademark protection and policing activities.
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) the lobby group that was at the forefront of advocating for trademark owner interests in the run up to the new gTLDs programme is again pushing for amendments to US anti-cybersquatting laws in light of the country’s new Republican-dominated government.
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.
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.
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.
With India registering domains at a leading rate, counsel should reconsider their trademark strategies
There is plenty of evidence pointing to China’s growing role in the ownership and management of web domains, including in the context of new generic top-level domains. But recent analysis suggests that India is also upping its game when it comes to claiming online real estate and trademark strategies will have to take this into account.
Findings of recent research into the effects of new gTLDs on competition in the wider domain industry indicates that Chinese entities have been among the busiest in ringfencing the new web space opened up by the programme. The lowdown for trademark counsel is that China is likely to feature ever more prominently in their enforcement projects going forward.
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.
ICANN report says “little benefit” in extending gTLD protection mechanisms, despite lack of trademark owner engagement
ICANN has released a draft report on the efficacy of the Trademark Clearinghouse and rights protection mechanisms that suggests that there is little evidence to support an expansion of rights protection mechanisms but the level of input from trademark owners may lead to questions over the findings’ usefulness in ICANN’s future policymaking.
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.
Asian and South American netizens have highest awareness of new gTLDs but uptake is another question
ICANN recently published the findings of its latest Global Consumer Research Survey, aimed at measuring the progress of the new gTLD landscape. The findings highlight an encouraging trend in terms of awareness of new gTLDs particularly in regions where internet use is growing most rapidly. But the evidence of new gTLDs as a web navigation tool is disappointing.
Recently compiled data from analytics site ntldstats.com has revealed that a staggering 53.4% of all domain registrations in new gTLD strings have their origin in China. The registration numbers are likely to come as an expected, and unwelcome, development for trademark counsel, who could be bracing themselves for a spike in cybersquatting. There is likely more to the picture, however.
Recent research suggests that online travel agencies are progressively bidding on internet search keywords that incorporate terms trademarked by hotel chains. The findings highlight the pressure on brand owners to monitor increasing online uses of their trademarked terms by third parties.
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse has responded to concerns that its proposals to strengthen US anti-cybersquatting legislation would give trademark owners an unfair advantage over domainers in disputes regarding domain ownership.
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