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Brand Counterfeiting

Lessons from Birkenstock's Dispute With Amazon Over Product Control

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Online sales platforms have made shopping more convenient for consumers around the world. Consumers can purchase goods abroad and receive them within days. This convenience, however, has not come without controversy....more

The Threat Of Counterfeits Via Social Media Drives Major Investigation From British Government

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

On September 4, 2017, the British government released a detailed study that investigated the impact of social media on counterfeit trade. The report highlights the complexity of trying to quantify recent levels of...more

EU: Injunctions against intermediaries available also in the offline world

by White & Case LLP on

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently confirmed that the ability of rightholders to apply for an injunction against intermediaries whose services are used by a third party to infringe an intellectual...more

Jack Ma Confuses Counterfeit with Off-Brand

Jack Ma, the founder of the Chinese internet giant Alibaba, recently said that the counterfeit problem so many brands are dealing with today is primarily a result of the fact that the fakes are actually better than the...more

Landlords Beware

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Courts from California to New York have long held landlords accountable for contributory trademark infringement in knowingly leasing real property for unlawful trades, manufacture or business, when those landlords rent space...more

Washington’s NFL Team and U.S. Customs

Last week the NFL franchise that plays football near — but not in — our Nation’s Capital, was dealt another significant legal and public relations blow that would have any rational brand owner working overtime on its...more

Counterfeiting – Bad Business for E-Commerce Websites

Everyone knows that counterfeiting is bad business for brands – it weakens consumer confidence and brand loyalty, erodes goodwill, and creates liability issues -- but this month online retailer Etsy learned that...more

Global Trademark Protection — 5 Practical Considerations

When Tim Berners-Lee developed the World Wide Web in 1990 as a tool to share information among specialized researchers, he likely did not anticipate the degree to which his invention would radically change — in just a few...more

Combating Counterfeiting: How Owners Can Protect Their Brands

by Lane Powell PC on

Counterfeiting is the practice of manufacturing and/or selling goods, usually of inferior quality, under a brand name without the brand owner’s permission. The damage from counterfeiting is extensive and far-reaching and...more

Anti-counterfeiting: protecting your brand – why it is important and how to do it

by Reed Smith on

Intellectual property (“IP”) is often the DNA of a business. A brand can be integral to reputation, revenue streams and goodwill. However, protecting IP is becoming increasingly difficult, particularly with the proliferation...more

Law À La Mode: Special Edition – INTA 2014

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - MODERNISATION OF THE TRADEMARK SYSTEM: Is Europe on the cusp of trademark law reform? - FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: Brand owners face unique challenges in Russia - DETAINING COUNTERFEIT GOODS: New...more

Law À La Mode - Issue 13 - April 2014

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - PRIVACY BY DESIGN? FASHION FLAIR TRANSFORMS WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES: The rise of the wearables – and the data protection challenges they bring - EFFECTIVELY DELIVERING IT SERVICES IN THE RETAIL...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News - Issue 20, Q4 2013

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - CHINA AMENDS TRADEMARK LAW: PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR BRAND OWNERS - SUPREME COURT CORNER - A CASE FOR COUNTERFEIT TRADE DRESS - MANAGING YOUR IP ACROSS BORDERS - Excerpt...more

Trade Dress Watch: A case for counterfeit trade dress

by DLA Piper on

Can a product which imitates the look and feel of another product, but does not use the trademarked brand name, still be considered a “counterfeit” product under United States law? Owners of popular brands (like Louis Vuitton...more

GAO Publishes Study On Counterfeit And Pirated Goods

by King & Spalding on

The Government Accountability Office ("GAO") published the testimony of Chief Economist Susan Offutt prepared for the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee on July 9, 2013. The testimony discusses the...more

Antitrust Authority blocks 15 websites selling counterfeited products (Italy)

by DLA Piper on

The Italian Antitrust Authority, together with the Guardia di Finanza (tax police), following the prior experience with 3 websites of counterfeited products branded Gucci, Prada and Ray Ban, at the end of last week blocked...more

Chinese Government Decision May Help Brands Protect Themselves

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Anyone trying to stop Chinese counterfeiters learns almost immediately that most of the information that would ordinarily identify China-based owners of a URL or website is false. That makes it costly or impossible to...more

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