Counterfeiting

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New law to combat counterfeiting: what does it mean for businesses and brand owners?

In a win for legitimate brand owners, businesses in the UAE dealing with counterfeit products now face far greater penalties. The maximum penalty for involvement in counterfeiting is now AED 1 million (approx. US$275,000) for...more

It’s a Game Winning Shot but Far from a Slam Dunk: Michael Jordan Obtains Partial Victory in Chinese Courts over Use of His Name

In December 2016, China’s Supreme Court held that a Chinese manufacturer named Qiaodan Sports Company, could not continue to produce athletic shoes, clothing and gear bearing the trademark (see article), which is the Chinese...more

Gavel to Gavel: Fake goods pose real risks when shopping online

"'Twas the week before Christmas, and one click of the mouse ordered the presents for all in the house. With two-day free shipping and discounts galore, we just shop online – why go to a store?" Originally published in...more

Three Point Shot - December 2016

In Partial Trademark Victory over Chinese Sportswear Company, MJ Posterizes Unauthorized User of Chinese Version of His Name - In Game 3 of the first round of the 1991 NBA Eastern Conference playoffs between the New York...more

European “Intermediaries” May Be Forced To Take Active Measures Against Trademark Infringement Committed By Third Parties

Recent cases in the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) and the Court of Appeal of England and Wales (“the English Court of Appeal”) have addressed the question of whether those who provide facilities to persons...more

Tiffany vs. Costco: Jury Awards Tiffany Substantial Damages for Costco’s Sale of Counterfeit Diamond Rings

In a highly publicized decision of over a year ago, Judge Swain of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of the luxury retailer Tiffany and Co., deciding that Costco Wholesale Corp., the...more

2016: A Full Bouquet of Wine Fraud

The rapid growth of the international wine market has given rise to a simultaneous growth in wine fraud. The burgeoning demand, especially in China, has exposed all players—collectors, investors, vineyards, distributors, and...more

In new litigation, Amazon takes a stronger stance on counterfeit products

Amazon is taking a new aggressive stance against counterfeiters who use its marketplace — a sign that the massive online retailer’s tactics toward rights-holders may be turning from frustration to friendship. In two...more

Tiffany Awarded $8.25M In Punitive Damages For Costco’s Sale Of Counterfeit Rings

On October 5, 2016, a Manhattan civil jury awarded Tiffany $8.25 million in punitive damages for Costco Wholesale Corp.’s sale of rings falsely identified as brand-name “Tiffany” rings. This ruling came on the heels of the...more

EU: Injunctions against intermediaries available also in the offline world

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

EU Retail News – September 2016

UK retailers, like all businesses, are facing several years of uncertainty following the Brexit vote. This uncertainty will not be alleviated until the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union are defined and...more

Online Seller Wins Dismissal of RICO Claims in Counterfeiting Action by Fashion Retailers

A New York federal court recently held that defendant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (“Alibaba”), which is notorious for allegedly enabling the sale of counterfeit products, did not violate federal racketeering law by selling...more

Alibaba Wins Dismissal of RICO Claims Asserted by Eight Luxury-Brand Plaintiffs

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (“Alibaba”) is making headlines once again with its recent victory in New York federal court. Notorious for allegedly enabling the sale of counterfeit products on its...more

Rio 2016: Out Counterfeiting the Counterfeiters

The Rio Olympics have decided that the best way to fight counterfeiters is to beat them at their own game; counterfeit themself. That’s not entirely true. Of course, you can’t really counterfeit what you own the rights to,...more

Ways Manufacturers Can Shut Down Unauthorized Resellers

The internet has become a dominant marketplace for consumer products and services. Historically, high capital costs of warehouse and storefront facilities tended to discourage unauthorized resellers from becoming a...more

Don’t Copy “Bounty” Bars: Distributors of Chocolate Bars Prohibited from Imitating “Bounty Bar Shape”

Mars saw a violation of its three-dimensional “Bounty” trademark and filed a lawsuit against the distributor of the “Wish” chocolate bar....more

A Prime Concern: Counterfeiting on Amazon

Readers: find any good deals on Prime Day? For my part, I abstained. I’ve had a “Gold Box” deal sitting in the box for about 6 months now — turns out, I really didn’t need a pressure cooker....more

Is Counterfeit Currency A Bank Note?

Counterfeiting was once considered to be tantamount to treason. It is still a serious, but not capital, crime. In fact, it is one of only four crimes specifically mentioned in the Constitution. Notably, however, the...more

Court Upholds Prison for Flea Market Owner for Counterfeiting by Tenants

As trademark and copyright counterfeiting and piracy has grown, courts have become more willing to grant meaningful relief to rights owners and to penalize counterfeiters and those who facilitate their illicit activities. ...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

Canada Acts To Prevent Importation of Counterfeit Goods into Canada

Canada has introduced enhanced border control measures to prevent counterfeit and copyright-infringing goods from being imported into and exported from Canada. Under the previous regime, a rights-holder had to obtain a court...more

Law à la Mode: 10 tips when licensing a brand; a new provision for trademark parody; and more INTA Special

The French editorial team is delighted to bring you this special edition of Law à la Mode, marking the 138th INTA Annual Meeting in Orlando. The focus for this special edition is the European Union trademark reform,...more

Second Circuit Holds Manufacture and Sale of Counterfeit Goods Not an Advertising Injury

In its recent decision in United States Fidelity & Guarantee Co. v. Fendi Adele S.R.L., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 8973 (2d Cir. May 17, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, applying New York law, had...more

U.S. Trade Representative Issues 2016 Special 301 Report

On April 27th, Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), issued the 2016 Special 301 Report. According to the USTR website, "[i]ntellectual property is a critical source of economic growth and...more

What Are We Going to Do About Amazon?

My client Sarah is a talented graphic designer who developed the idea of printing unique designs on curtains. She began selling them on Amazon and the product became wildly successful. Due to this popularity, counterfeiters...more

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