Besides, president Xi Jinping and China’s richest man Wang Jianlin of Dalian Wanda, Jack Ma (马云), Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group visited the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Ma talks IP, will he walk IP?
The Alibaba Group, which includes Taobao, TMall and Alibaba, was identified in the USTR’s Special 301 Report of 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 for facilitating the sale of counterfeit goods to consumers and businesses. Some measures and assurances were taken against counterfeit products. For this Taobao
was removed from the List of Notorious Markets in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. However, in 2016 Taobao returned to this list, see here (pages 12-13).
Earlier in the year, Alibaba was kicked out of the International Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance after a membership of one month (13 April 2016 to 13 May 2016). Read Rishiki Sadam, ‘Anti-Counterfeiting group suspends Alibaba’s membership’, Reuters, 13 May 2016, available here. But now Alibaba has started its own alliance: Tom Brennan wrote on 16 January on Alizila (Alibaba’s news site) that Alibaba launches ‘Big Data Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance’, see here.
18 January 2017, Ma was interviewed by NY Times’ Andrew Sorkin at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Sorkin: “One of the critiques is, as you know, and it continues to linger around Alibaba, is the piracy issue. This is an IP issue and it is an issue all over China, but you take the brunt of lot of it.” Ma: “Yeah.” Sorkin: “How much progress have you made in your mind, and how do you think about some of the regulatory bodies including in the U.S. that continue to critisize Alibaba for these issues?”
When the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) testified for the USCC Hearing on “China’s Intellectual Property Rights and Indigenous Innovation Policy,” April 25, 2011, it focused on the software and recorded music industry. However, they also wrote a letter about the overall IP record in China, see here. “Sites such as Alibaba.com, Aliexpress.com, GlobalSources.com, Made-in-China.com, DHgate.com, […]
星期二 = Tuesday Photo Danny Friedmann Taobao.com, the popular Chinese e-commerce platform, has appealed against a verdict handed down by a Shanghai court in late March that it should pay compensation of RMB 10,000 (around GBP 950) for its failure to take sufficient steps to prevent a vendor selling counterfeit products on its platform. The […]
The IP Dragon hasn’t been seen for 2 weeks now. IP Komodo wonders if his cousin might return soon and is worried about the mess, especially since IP Komodo tends to leave the remains of his lunch lying around… Some interesting online IPR news IP Komodo has spotted: Chinese authors accuse Baidu, China’s biggest search […]
Some of the more interesting news stories IP Komodo has spotted this week: CNN reports on the growth in counterfeit wine trade in China. Destruction of the bottles is now common practice at the auction houses, for original fine wine bottles are not reused. Label errors are a common giveaway, but recorked fine wines (putting […]
Take notice Taobao, Alibaba and all other Chinese e-commerce sites. January 5, 2011, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) promulgated a Circular on Regulating Sales Promotion of Online Shopping (商商贸发3号) for the commerce authorities (in all provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the central government, cities specifically designated in the state plan and the Xinjiang Production […]
Managing IP magazine, had a link to an interesting China Daily article, see here in which a State Administration for Radio Film and Television (SARFT) official was quoted as saying that it is “working on the establishment of an internet audio-visual programs industry association (..)”. The application has been submitted and it now waiting approval […]