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Amazon under fire for banning sale of Google Chromecast and “fulfilling” sales of fake and copycat streaming devices
Retail giant Amazon has come in for more criticism over the sale of fakes on its platform, this time for selling and fulfilling the delivery of copycat Google Chromecast products. The denunciation comes days after one small business owner accused Amazon of being “complicit with counterfeiting” a statement that went viral and has led to increased pressure on the company to take further action to stem the sale of fakes.
Democratising trademark data: ambitious call to create non-profit to develop global e-filing standards
In an exclusive guest post for World Trademark Review, the chief executive of IP docketing technology company Alt Legal urges IP offices to work towards, and adopt, universal standards in trademark data and electronics filings. To achieve this, he is calling for the creation of a non-profit organisation tasked with promoting and developing industry best standards in relation to e-filings and trademark databases.
Logan Paul fiasco shows risk for brands on YouTube; research reveals more YouTubers seeking trademark protection
A number of recent incidents have demonstrated why rights holders must be careful when advertising on YouTube or seeking partnerships with its high-profile stars. New research from World Trademark Review also reveals that content creators on the platform many of which make millions of dollars a year in advertising, sponsorship and merchandise revenue are turning to trademark registrations to protect their channel assets.
Fighting fakes over the festive period: anti-counterfeiting activity steps up as shopping season begins
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.
While consumers enjoy the low prices offered on Black Friday, the sales period is a significant challenge for trademark practitioners especially for protecting shoppers from online scams. Exclusive research looks at how well-known fashion and retail brands have utilised (or not) key new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), including ‘.blackfriday’ and ‘.shop’. We find that few brands are taking advantage of new gTLDs for marketing purposes and, unsurprisingly, numerous examples of cybersquatting and unusual examples of brand hijackings.
As Marks & Clerk battles copycat site, new data uncovers prolific rise of Chinese filers at the UKIPO
World Trademark Review has learned of a prolific filer of trademark applications at the UK Intellectual Property Office, operating under the name Champion Intellectual Property Management, which has copied the website of leading IP law firm Marks & Clerk. The discovery comes as new data reveals a UK filing spree on the part of previously unobserved Chinese entities with one expert warning that western firms are “looking in the wrong place” when seeking to attract the new wave of applications emanating from China.
UKIP “ripping off” Premier League logo, Greece warns of fake GIs, US brands in the age of Trump: news round-up
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”.
Mystery over fake TMview site owned by Gleissner; source suggests tycoon may seek license fee from EUIPO
A website owned by a company related to notorious trademark filer Michael Gleissner has been found imitating the EU Intellectual Property Office’s search platform TMview. The site has been described as a “phishing page” by one attorney, but an insider source tells World Trademark Review it is more likely that the entertainment tycoon is looking to sell or license the domain to the EUIPO.
Counterfeit buyers increasingly using Chinese agents that promote sending fakes through “sensitive shipping lines”
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”.
Biggest marketplace on the darknet taken down by authorities; illicit goods and counterfeits still rampant
The most popular destination to trade illegal goods on the darknet, AlphaBay, has gone offline following law enforcement action by authorities in the United States, Canada and Thailand. For rights holders that have been tackling illicit goods on the darknet, this could be viewed as a blessing but as the shutdown of the Silk Road marketplace demonstrated, users will soon flock to other markets. Exclusive research by World Trademark Review confirms that there are still thousands of counterfeit goods on sale on other darknet sites.
‘Michaeled’ bags, ‘Okly’ sunglasses; how counterfeiters are using "brand codewords" to get around marketplace filters
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.
A new study has revealed that 93% of celebrity brand endorsements on Instagram are not compliant with regulations enforced by the US government’s Federal Trade Commission. For brands that partner with social media influencers, the findings demonstrate the legal and brand reputation risks that IP counsel need to mitigate.
The 2017 Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey has revealed mixed fortunes for corporate trademark departments. While one-third reported budget increases over the past year, one-quarter have faced the harsh reality of reduced funding. At the same time, online infringement is increasing, leading many to make hard choices when prioritising their enforcement efforts. We take a look at this, and other findings from our exclusive survey, in our latest infographic.
Cyberpunk legend expresses concern over controversial trademark: "I wish someone from CD Projekt Red would contact me"
There has been an outcry over trademark applications for the term CYBERPUNK filed by video game developer CD Projekt Red. While much of the negative sentiment has been put to rest after the company released an open letter expanding on the marks, some concern remains including from Bruce Bethke, who originally coined the term ‘cyberpunk’ in 1980.
Amazon announces expanded anti-counterfeiting programme, but claims arise of fakes being part of Amazon Marketplace's own inventory
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.
New study reveals young EU citizens buying more counterfeits, becoming less convinced fakes are damaging
A new study into the way EU citizens perceive IP rights has revealed a widespread and growing respect for IP across Europe. However, the figures in relation to young people (aged between 15 and 24) make for less positive reading, highlighting a worrying increase in the intentional purchasing of counterfeit goods and a growing acceptability of fakes.
“Cure the disease, not the symptom” prominent critic calls for improved YouTube takedown process following questionable trademark claim
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
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.
Law firm websites hacked due to WordPress exploit; expert warns of reputational risk of cyber security incidents
Over 100,000 websites were hacked into and defaced in the past fortnight following the discovery of an undisclosed critical vulnerability in the WordPress content management system. Research suggests that recently hacked parties included dozens of law firms, including those specialising in IP law. A security expert tells World Trademark Review that this type of incident can cause significant reputational damage for firms even potentially leading to the loss of clients.
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.
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