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Fighting fakes over the festive period: anti-counterfeiting activity steps up as shopping season begins (Blog)
With Christmas less than a month away and Black Friday and Cyber Monday having kick-started the online shopping season, government agencies and associated organisations have stepped up their anti-counterfeiting messaging and enforcement efforts. Leading this push was yesterday’s announcement of the results of a joint action against websites selling counterfeit products facilitated by Europol and Interpol a move that saw a dramatic increase in seized domain names compared to previous years.
The blunt approach: New Zealand attorney’s innovative strategy to trademark education following public outrage (Blog)
After public outrage over a trademark infringement dispute, a New Zealand-based attorney has penned a column claiming that New Zealanders are “unsophisticated and naive” in their attitude towards IP rights. The move is unique in its blunt tone to readers, but it may prove to be an effective approach to educating the public when misleading or hyperbolic trademark stories go viral.
UKIP “ripping off” Premier League logo, Greece warns of fake GIs, US brands in the age of Trump: news round-up (Blog)
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at the latest brand value ranking table, research into US brands in the Trump era, a darknet seller arrested on his way to a beard competition and the death of a notorious cybersquatter and “news satirist”.
New anti-counterfeiting coalition aims "to lead” in lobbying Trump administration to step up fight against fakes (Blog)
The Precious Metals Association of North America has announced the formation of a national coalition to “protect IP rights against foreign counterfeiting operations”. A representative tells World Trademark Review that the organisation has already begun discussions with influential members of Congress and the Trump administration to strengthen federal efforts to tackle foreign counterfeit operations.
Counterfeit buyers increasingly using Chinese agents that promote sending fakes through “sensitive shipping lines” (Blog)
Evidence suggests that purchasers of counterfeit goods are increasingly using buying agents in China to send their products to them internationally. Worryingly, some of these agents are proactively promoting their ability to get replica products through customs with one promising that they will be sent via “sensitive shipping lines”.
‘Michaeled’ bags, ‘Okly’ sunglasses; how counterfeiters are using "brand codewords" to get around marketplace filters (Blog)
Sellers of counterfeits and imitation products on various online marketplaces are adopting brand-based keywords to avoid being caught by search filters implemented to identify and remove listings for fake goods. While the use of keywords is an extra hurdle that brand owners must overcome when enforcing against counterfeits, it also demonstrates the extra effort that sellers must now go to due to additional rights protection mechanisms being implemented by e-commerce platforms.
The search to prove that trademark dilution exists; new study casts “serious doubt” on validity of current evidence (Blog)
Trademark dilution is an often-used legal concept by rights holders of well-known brands, and has been at the centre of a number of well-publicised court battles. Nonetheless, it is also an elusive concept and a new study which sought to shine further light on the phenomenon has concluded that there are “serious doubts” on the validity of all current evidence of its existence.
Trump Administration's first Special 301 Report slams Canada and Mexico for inadequate border enforcement against counterfeits (Blog)
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has published the 2017 Special 301 Report, the first released under the Trump administration. While Pakistan and Spain are complimented for “positive momentum” behind their IP regimes, the report knocks a number of jurisdictions including neighbours Canada and Mexico for what it deems to be ineffective border enforcement against fakes.
In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, the CEO of the International Trademark Association (INTA) speaks about its increased activity in the anti-counterfeiting arena, and expands on current and future activities in this regard. He also notes that partnerships are being sought with other IP and non-IP organisations, but only when there is “mutual respect” between the parties.
Rise of the Instagram counterfeit educators: Yeezy Busta on exposing celebrities for wearing fakes and why brands should hook up with influencers (Blog)
A new generation of anti-counterfeiting advocates are spreading the word about fake goods on social media, often gaining hundreds of thousands of followers in the process. One of the most respected in this fledgling scene, Yeezy Busta, has spoken to World Trademark Review about the support he’s received from adidas and the need for high-profile brands to work with influencers to “make wearing fakes socially unacceptable”.
Amazon announces expanded anti-counterfeiting programme, but claims arise of fakes being part of Amazon Marketplace's own inventory (Blog)
E-commerce giant Amazon has confirmed that it is expanding its anti-counterfeiting programme to allow rights holders to register their logos and intellectual property to expedite the removal of counterfeit listings. The move follows criticism over a perceived increase in fakes sold by third parties on the Amazon platform in the last 12 months. However, recent claims have emerged that Amazon itself has counterfeit products as part of its own inventory.
Exclusive survey reveals IACC member sentiment: broadly positive but concerns linger over transparency (Blog)
An exclusive survey, conducted in the past fortnight by World Trademark Review, has revealed that members of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition have a mostly positive opinion about the organisation and its trajectory. But while its programmes were rated highly by survey respondents especially in regards to training and lobbying efforts concern was expressed around the organisation’s leadership and a perceived lack of transparency.
“Cure the disease, not the symptom” prominent critic calls for improved YouTube takedown process following questionable trademark claim (Blog)
Popular video game critic Jim Sterling has sparked a fierce online debate about how companies allegedly abuse IP-reporting tools on YouTube to censor criticism. This follows developer STICLI Games filing a trademark takedown request on a video critical of one of its games, basing its grievance solely on a stipulation in its strict end user licence agreement.
Alibaba-backed Indian marketplace Paytm Mall lacks dedicated IP infringement reporting mechanism; brand owners urged to push for change (Blog)
A new marketplace platform, Paytm Mall, launched in India last month and has lofty expansion plans as it bids to become a major player in the Indian consumer shopping space. However, the marketplace which has been financially backed by Alibaba Group to the tune of around $170 million appears to have a number of IP infringing listings and currently no dedicated mechanism in place to report them.
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.
Consumers know counterfeits are unethical but enjoy “thrill of the hunt” when shopping for fakes, study finds (Blog)
A psychological study into the thought process of Chinese consumers who purchase counterfeit goods has revealed some startling motivations which dictate counterfeit consumption. An author of the study has told World Trademark Review the revelations should call into question the effectiveness of anti-counterfeiting awareness campaigns which focus on moral arguments against buying fakes.
eBay expands on plans for “network of professional authenticators” in fight against counterfeiters (Blog)
Online marketplace giant eBay will launch an authentication program entitled eBay Authenticate later in the year in an effort to “boost consumer confidence when purchasing high-end merchandise”. Talking to World Trademark Review, an eBay spokesperson confirmed the company will be “working closely with brands” on the initiative. One commentator, however, fears that the move will do little to quell the availability of fakes.
Exercise tracking technology company Fitbit has filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey business which sells discontinued and refurbished products to consumers. In the suit, Fitbit claims the defendant sold ‘counterfeit’ and ‘non-genuine’ versions of Fitbit products a claim staunchly denied, with a representative telling World Trademark Review that Fitbit is engaging in “litigious scare tactics” in response to a lawsuit it had filed a month previously.
Swarovski praises Alibaba Group suing counterfeiters; JD.com takes swipe at rival’s “lax IP enforcement” (Blog)
Following a raft of coverage on Alibaba Group’s unprecedented decision to sue two vendors that sold fake watches on its Taobao marketplace platform, Swarovski has released a statement praising the move. The online giant has pledged more such actions but the response hasn’t all been positive, with e-commerce rival JD.com telling World Trademark Review that counterfeiters will continue to “flock” to Alibaba platforms and accusing it of “lax IP enforcement”.
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