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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.
As one of the world’s largest IP service providers mulls $2.5 billion sale, Asian buyers will see a huge opportunity
The owner of CPA Global one of the world’s largest providers of non-legal IP and trademark services is exploring a possible sale or floatation of the business, according to media reports this weekend. If recent moves in the IP services market are anything to go by, we can expect Asian investors to be among the most interested parties on the buy-side.
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.
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.
Sustainability is a critical component of brand value in Asia and Chinese companies are falling behind
Asian Correspondent announced the release of the inaugural edition of its CSR50 Index last week, with the new ranking intended to highlight the “environmentally-conscious companies” that have done the most to “promote sustainable practice within the Asia region” in the past year.
It’s that time of year when our sister title IAM invites the global IP community to make its nominations for the IP Hall of Fame’s annual intake. The latest members, selected from your nominees, will be formally inducted at IPBC Global 2017 in Ottawa, Canada, this June.
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.
India still languishes on US Chamber’s International IP Index, though government policy action earns praise
The US Chamber of Commerce’s Global IP Center has released the latest edition of its annual International IP Index, which ranks the IP systems of 45 countries that account for roughly 90% of world GDP.
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.
While talks with potential buyers continue, it has been suggested that multinational law firm and leading trademark practice King & Wood Mallesons could disappear from the European, Middle Eastern and North American markets as the financial situation at its regional branch takes its toll. It was reported today that the firm’s European arm could enter administration next month if a purchaser is not found.
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.
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.
Listed trademark firms look to Asia for growth as Spruson & Ferguson acquires Ella Cheong in $21 million deal
Trailblazing publicly traded IP law firm Spruson & Ferguson has made its first overseas acquisition with its parent company’s HK$162 million (US$20.9 million) purchase of Hong Kong-based boutique Ella Cheong and subsidiary Ella Cheong Intellectual Property Agency (Beijing). The deal will significantly expand Sprusons’ presence in Asia a key objective in the growth plans of firms involved in Australia’s recent flurry of IP practice initial public offerings.
Procter & Gamble appears to be intensifying its enforcement efforts in relation to its key product brands, as it tackles another alleged violation of IP rights covering its Head & Shoulders haircare line.
New brand ‘dynamism’ index shifts focus to engagement and innovation performance, but misses out trademarks
A new index has been launched emphasising brand performance according to ‘new world’ factors such as social media engagement, adaptability to new trends and technologies and interaction with consumers. But the absence of metrics relating to trademarks means that it overlooks a critical component of brand value.
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.
Thomson Reuters’ $3.55 billion sale of its IP business to Baring Private Equity Asia and Onex Corporation completed this week in a deal that highlights the growing demand for trademark management and strategy services in the region.
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