201812.11

Samsung partners with Supreme imposter

On 10th December, Korean smartphone manufacturer Samsung introduced its latest device and announced a partnership with streetwear brand Supreme. Well, almost. In reality, Samsung did not partner with world-famous Supreme NYC, but rather with a shady Italian clone, Supreme Italia. This company holds the trademark rights on SUPREME in Italy, which it registered before the…

201810.19

2018 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets: the AAFA Nominates Three Amazons Platforms

Every year, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) collects a list of the most notorious online and physical counterfeit spots that are outside US borders. (Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets). For example, the 2017 report mentions, inter alia, the following marketplaces: DHGhate.com (China), Indiamart.com (India), Taobao.com (China), Vkontakte.com (Russia), and…

201810.09

EU Customs Report 2017 on Counterfeiting: Highlights

This report is based on the EU Customs 2017 results (Report on the EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights: Taxation and Customs Union. Results at the EU border, 2017). For the most part, the counterfeit goods seized continue to come from China, including Hong Kong. However, it appears that in some countries counterfeiters have…

201808.01

Brexit: Among the ccTLDs, the .EU is not the Only Issue

It is now widely known that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on 29 March 2019. This will impact all fields of IP law, and domain names are also concerned. The European Commission recently released a communication in relation to .eu domain names. The communication states that: “undertakings and organisations that are established in…

201806.11

New EUIPO Report Highlights Dangers of Online Counterfeits

A new report from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has revealed that the internet and social media are increasingly being used to benefit counterfeiters in the EU as a result of advertising revenue. The report, released earlier this month, collated research carried out by the EUIPO’s EU Observatory in conjunction with the Organisation…

201804.13

Fight Against Counterfeiting: Institutions Bet on Blockchain

Work on the use of the blockchain technology to accelerate the fight against counterfeiting is emerging. Blockchain-based technologies make it possible to check the authenticity of a product and thus exclude counterfeit goods. The goal is simple: to ensure the traceability of an authentic product from the moment it leaves the factory to the moment it is…

201803.25

Free Trade Zones as Means to Facilitate Counterfeiting

In April 2016, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) adopted the “General Trade-Related Index of Counterfeiting for Products” to measure and analyze the phenomenon of counterfeiting. They aimed at providing lawmakers with solid empirical evidence. The study showed that counterfeiting accounted for 2.5% of global…