Loopholes in Trademark Registration Procedure

German trademark registration procedure makes it easy to register malicious trademarks. When checking on an application for trademark registration the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) does not conduct an in-depth research on similar registered trademarks. New trademarks are registered after only a formal examination. Chinese counterfeiters capitalize on that loophole: they register malicious trademarks,… Continue reading Loopholes in Trademark Registration Procedure

Fast-Fakes and Super-Fakes: Brands Need to Adjust Their Anti-Counterfeiting Strategies

Not only the fashion industry experiences a trend of differentiated counterfeiting business. On the one hand, there is a tendency of “fast-fakes”. Counterfeiting cycles are getting shorter and forgers are quickly dumping simple and recognizable copies of low quality seasonal goods on the market. The response of original manufacturers is not very challenging in such… Continue reading Fast-Fakes and Super-Fakes: Brands Need to Adjust Their Anti-Counterfeiting Strategies

The UAE – a Hub of Chinese Counterfeiting

Chinese counterfeiters act in an increasingly global context. Due to the massive prosecution in China, they relocate their production sites to neighboring countries such as Myanmar, distribute their fakes worldwide via the Internet, and use complicated logistics routes so that their consignments cannot be easily tracked by the authorities in the recipient countries. The free… Continue reading The UAE – a Hub of Chinese Counterfeiting

Camouflage and Deception: The New Routes of Counterfeiters

Chinese brand and product pirates are increasingly looking for tortuous paths, because investigators are more likely to reconstruct the way of counterfeit products shipped directly from China. In order to obscure the origin of the fakes, they deliver their products to final recipients through as many countries and borders as possible with the help of… Continue reading Camouflage and Deception: The New Routes of Counterfeiters

Alibaba Expands its Big Data-fueled Anti-counterfeiting Program

This summer, Alibaba announced a series of measures designed to fight counterfeiting – not just online, but offline as well. China’s leading online platform released its “anti-counterfeiting maps” based on the big data analysis, as well as a blacklist of 100 companies that sell counterfeits online. This has led to a massive close-down of 180,000… Continue reading Alibaba Expands its Big Data-fueled Anti-counterfeiting Program

Anti-Counterfeiting Trends 2018

What will happen in the global anti-counterfeiting in the next year? According to new surveys and brand owner statements, the fight against online infringement will dominate the efforts in combatting brand and product piracy. Internet monitoring and enforcement will play a leading role in this process. Correspondingly, the relevance of cyber security and compliance with… Continue reading Anti-Counterfeiting Trends 2018