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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.
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.
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.
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.
Japan’s Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry has called for measures to combat the activities of ‘IP trolls’, including trademark squatting an issue that is attracting increased attention in the country.
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.
Around 75% of consumers around the world consider geographical origin to be the most important driver in their purchase decisions, or at least as important as other factors, according to recent research from Nielsen. The findings point to the increasingly prominent role that geographical indications can play in companies’ IP portfolios.
Apple recently removed Magic AdBlock, a program used to block and filter online advertisements, from its App Store after receiving a complaint of trademark infringement from the producers of rival software AdBlock Plus. The dispute underlines the often crucial role that branding and trademarks can play in open source projects where patent and copyright protection is absent.
Versace is to launch a range of products inspired by knock-off versions of the Italian company’s designs. While the fashion house is keen to portray the collection as highlighting the issue of counterfeits, it waits to be seen whether the impact on anti-counterfeiting efforts proves to be positive or negative.
Data shared at last week’s Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) annual meeting in Boston suggests that too few trademark owners are contributing to a united front against counterfeiting.
A number of service providers are offering crowdsourcing solutions that allow individuals to report, document and combat counterfeiting in return for rewards. While using the eyes, ears and collective wisdom of the crowd is an innovative approach to anti-counterfeiting, it will need to be backed up by consumer education and engagement if it is to be a game changer.
License! Global magazine reports that the world’s top 150 brand licensors generated US$230 billion globally in 2012 from retail sales of licensed products, while the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association has found that North American businesses received $4.454 billion in royalties from trademark licensing last year. Such statistics can benefit trademark teams in their efforts to demonstrate corporate value but in-house counsel must also assume a leading role in brand monetisation if they are to do so.
A third of US consumers would not purchase a branded product if they knew the brand belonged to a Chinese company, a recent survey has found. The findings underline the difficulty that Chinese brand owners face in penetrating the US market so what can be done from a trademark perspective to gain a foothold?
A new website has been launched with the aim of providing information to businesses that feel they are victims of trademark bullying. Could 'trademarkbullying.org' develop into a platform for SMEs to voice their grievances and attract more attention to the issue?
Two reports were released this week which underline the global extent of counterfeiting and its links to other criminal activities. Trademark counsel may not be surprised by the findings of the reports, but they can play a crucial role in getting the message to the wider public.
During February and March this year, WTR conducted its fifth annual Global Benchmarking Survey. Two notable trends are the increased focus on policing the web in the face of a social media explosion and the challenges posed by regional online marketplaces.
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