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Alibaba Repots 42% Drop in IP Takedown Requests

Alibaba Group has reported that IP owners filed 42% fewer notice and takedown requests in 2017 compared to the previous year.In the annual report of 2017 released  the company said the fall resulted from “proactive efforts to identify and remove potentially problematic listings”. The decline is particularly striking given the 17% increase in accounts registered through Alibaba’s IP Protection (IPP) Platform during 2017. Company also reported on offline achievements, saying it supported Chinese police in 23 provinces and cities in efforts to crack down on the sale of counterfeit or inferior quality goods. Alibaba referred 1,910 leads to law enforcement authorities that helped in the arrest of 1,606 suspects and the closure of Giving a case study, the report said that after six months of investigation last year, the Alibaba Anti-Counterfeiting Special Task Force assisted police in dismantling the largest-known Louis Vuitton counterfeit ring “in recent years”.

Alibaba’s chief platform governance officer, Jessie Zheng, said Alibaba wants to collaborate with all stakeholders—including rights owners, trade associations and law enforcement—to keep leading the “best practice in IP protection”. The news comes two weeks after Alibaba announced that the Alibaba Anti-Counterfeiting Association (AACA), which provides a forum for coordinating offline investigations and referrals to law enforcement, now has 105 companies on board. The AACA was created in January 2017 with 30 members, including Adidas, Honda and Samsung. In November last year, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) announced it had opened an investigation into Alibaba regarding the importation of containers for cooling beverages. The complaint was filed by Yeti Coolers, a Texas-based manufacturer of outdoor lifestyle products. According to the ITC  the investigation is ongoing and an evidentiary hearing has been scheduled for July 2018.

Source: World IP review

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