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New research has examined how religious signs are increasingly used in trade, and revealed how misappropriation by nefarious sellers can be harmful to the identity and preservation of religious cultures. To that end, the study’s author tells World Trademark Review that governments “should do more” to protect religious signs and that religious organisations must engage in commercial activities in order to fight back against misappropriation.
The China Trademark Association (CTA) held its annual Trademark Festival in the last week, with domestic and international representatives attending in their thousands. We spoke with various attendees about their observations and highlights from the event, including the positive development that the CTA has welcomed its first foreign member and the curious news that counterfeit products were spotted in the exhibition hall.
A year after we reported on a legal battle between Norton Rose Fulbright and a small Chinese firm using the name for IP legal services, World Trademark Review has discovered that the same entity now appears to be offering trademark and brand protection legal services under the Squire Patton Boggs name. However, with the Chinese firm being granted a trademark registration for the name earlier this month, the international law and lobbying firm may face an uphill battle if it wants exclusive rights to its name in China.
Consumers know counterfeits are unethical but enjoy “thrill of the hunt” when shopping for fakes, study finds
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.
Swarovski praises Alibaba Group suing counterfeiters; JD.com takes swipe at rival’s “lax IP enforcement”
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”.
Alibaba plays up its big data anti-counterfeiting credentials; launches alliance to fight fakes “for the entire industry”
Chinese online marketplace behemoth Alibaba in collaboration with law enforcement agency partners has revealed the results on its latest crackdown on offline counterfeiting operations. Leveraging the big data technology that Alibaba has at its fingertips, the figures appear to be impressive with 417 counterfeit product rackets halted and 332 suspects arrested but brand owners will be weary of rejoicing until they see tangible results for themselves.
Dot Trademark Registry ups brand protection credentials; lines up discussions with Chinese online platforms
A new generic top-level domain for the Chinese word for ‘trademark’, ‘.商标’, has attracted over 7,000 brand-related registrations since it launched last year. In a bid to bolster its primary selling point of being a trusted online space in China, the registry’s general manager has confirmed to World Trademark Review that it is lining up discussions with major online platforms to encourage brand promotion of the domain in a bid to help Chinese consumers find authentic goods and services.
Alibaba Group executive chairman Jack Ma has given an update on his company’s stance on counterfeits, in which he doubled-down on his commitment to tackle counterfeit goods on Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms. However, while these latest comments were broadly welcomed by the IP experts we spoke to, there was a call for Alibaba to provide a firm timeline for the anti-counterfeiting measures they have in the works.
“As inauthentic as their cheap handbags”: Alibaba faces backlash following ‘fakes are better than originals’ claim
Chinese digital retail giant Alibaba has been met with a barrage of criticism following comments from its chairman that fake goods are often “better than branded products”. However, while not great PR for a company trying to legitimise its anti-fake credentials, Jack Ma’s comments which have subsequently been clarified for World Trademark Review highlight a reality for those on the anti-counterfeiting frontline: counterfeits are improving in quality.
International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright is in an ongoing legal battle in China against an entity that is specialising in IP services while using the ‘Norton Rose Fulbright’ name. This same organisation also appears to have registered domain names and trademarks of at least three other law firms and, even more curiously, plans to offer a Norton Rose Fulbright-branded funeral service sometime in the future.
China’s customs agency has released a report into its IP enforcement efforts during 2014. The data reveals that the number of detained shipments is growing significantly year-on-year, and underlines the importance of engaging with customs authorities in the world’s biggest exporter. We have studied the figures and created an infographic that presents the key findings.
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