Trademarks and Brands

OECD Report: Italy Loses Billions to Counterfeits

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 5 July, 2018

Sales of counterfeit Italian goods are taking a 1%–2% bite out of Italy's GDP, according to a recent OECD report. These counterfeit and pirated goods (including luxury handbags, watches, car parts, and more) are estimated to total over €35 billion in 2013 — nearly 5% of global Italian manufacturing sales. The report, "Trade in Counterfeit Goods and the Italian Economy," found that Italian companies lost more than €25 billion in sales.

Imports of fake products into Italy are also an issue — with more than €10 billion worth of products in 2013 mostly imported from China and Hong Kong. High-tech electronic, electrical and optical products were the sectors most affected, with clothing, footwear, and leather products following.

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Topics: Brand protection, counterfeits

ISPs Win UK Case on Website Blocking Costs

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Tuesday, 3 July, 2018

The UK Supreme Court ruled that internet service providers (ISPs) no longer have to pay the cost of blocking websites that breach trademarks. The court's unanimous ruling, against French luxury goods maker Cartier means that companies that want to enforce blocks against, for example, companies that sell counterfeit goods, must now pay "reasonable costs" to ISPs.

Calling the ruling "a potential landmark win," Mobile News notes that the ruling raises questions in the legal community about whether the same principle could apply to illegal downloads of copyrighted music.

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Australian Winery Takes Legal Action Against Fakes Sold in China

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 2 March, 2018

Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has filed a trademark lawsuit against Rush Rich Pty Ltd, claiming that it is selling copycat Penfolds wines that is made and labeled in Australia into Chinese markets.

It was last year at China’s Chengdu wine fair that The Drinks Business reported on a wine seen at the event called “Rush Rich,” which was labeled as  a “product of Australia.” Penfolds’ Chinese name — 奔富 (“BEN FU”) — translates into English as “Rush Rich.”

According to Penfolds, the copycat wine is “being sourced and bottled through bulk wine suppliers and third party bottlers in South Australia” before being exported to China, reports Business Insider.

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Topics: Brand protection, counterfeits

Buying Counterfeit Goods Online May Preclude You From Trusted Traveler Programs

by Marc P. Misthal, Guest Blogger on Wednesday, 21 February, 2018

Clients facing problems with online counterfeiting often ask us what they can do to stop the sale of the low-cost counterfeits. One thing we frequently recommend is that trademark or copyright rights, as appropriate, be recorded with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Once rights are recorded with CBP, it will monitor shipments entering the country and seize counterfeit goods. CBP cannot monitor every shipment coming into the United States, but it can and does seize counterfeits, preventing the products from ever reaching their recipient. 

Once CBP seizes product, it sends a notice to the rights owner with the particulars of the seizure (typically the notice identifies the name of the exporter, the name of the importer, the rights involved, the number of units involved and the port at which the seizure was made). After that it is up to the rights owner to take further action. 

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Fashion Companies Are Fighting Counterfeits with Fake Counterfeits

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Wednesday, 14 February, 2018

Besides plenty of celebrity models, this year’s New York Fashion Week shows have featured lots of high fashion, along with dogs, babies, and robots on the runway. At the same time, on a lower Manhattan street known for selling counterfeit merchandise, you can find some garments bearing the label “Deisel.” That brand name might look like a misspelling of “Diesel,” but believe it or not, the letter mix-up is intentional.

Instead of putting on a show during Fashion Week, the Italian brand Diesel opened a pop-up shop on Canal Street using the brand name “Deisel.” The company’s founder, Renzo Rosso told AFP: “…we created a fake product, a fake name, and we came to the counterfeit district.”

Rosso told AFP that more than a million counterfeit Diesel products are sold annually. And, according to The New York Times, Diesel shut down more than 80 website selling counterfeit products last year. Rosso said: "We have so many counterfeit products all over the world I thought, 'Why can't we play with this problem that we have?'"

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Topics: Brand protection, counterfeits

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