Protecting Cannabis Brand Names
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Protecting Cannabis Brand Names

By Oliver Herzfeld and Jared Mermelstein Marijuana’s classification as an illegal substance makes brand protection under trademark law problematic and uncertain. But it is not impossible for cannabis companies to protect their brands. It just takes some creative problem-solving! As a growing number of states permit activities specific to the possession, use, production and distribution…

Jury awards $1.9 million in counterfeiting case against College Park discount mall
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Jury awards $1.9 million in counterfeiting case against College Park discount mall

[By: Nedra Rhone] A federal jury has awarded $1.9mm to Luxottica Group S.p.A. and Oakley, Inc. in connection with a contributory trademark counterfeiting lawsuit. The case against Old National Discount Mall (owned by Airport Mini Mall, LLC), a shopping center and indoor flea market in College Park, is one of two lawsuits related to counterfeit…

Alibaba’s Jack Ma writes open letter about counterfeiters, suggests a week in prison as punishment
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Alibaba’s Jack Ma writes open letter about counterfeiters, suggests a week in prison as punishment

[By: Emma Hinchliffe] Amazon is plagued by counterfeit sellers – and so is its biggest rival. Jack Ma, the chief executive of Alibaba, is finally doing something about it. Ma called on the Chinese government on Tuesday to crack down on counterfeiters. “If, for example, we imposed a seven-day prison sentence for every fake product…

After Selling Millions, Family-Run Makin Bacon Battles Amazon Counterfeiters
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After Selling Millions, Family-Run Makin Bacon Battles Amazon Counterfeiters

[By: Susan Adams] One Saturday morning in 1993, eight-year-old Abbey Fleck was cooking bacon in the microwave with her father, Jon. When they ran out of paper towels to sop up the grease, Abbey suggested they hang the bacon strips like laundry and let the grease collect below. Together, dad and daughter fashioned T-shaped racks…

Europol Seizes Over 4,500 Websites Selling Counterfeit Products
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Europol Seizes Over 4,500 Websites Selling Counterfeit Products

[BY: MARITZA SANTILLAN] Europe’s law enforcement agency Europol announced on Monday it seized more than 4,500 websites illegally selling fake products to consumers online. In a late November 2016 press release, the agency said the successful operation involved the participation of law enforcement authorities from 27 countries, anti-counterfeiting associations and brand owner representatives. Called Operation In our…

Amazon files its first-ever lawsuits against alleged sellers of counterfeit goods
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Amazon files its first-ever lawsuits against alleged sellers of counterfeit goods

[By: Todd Bishop] Amazon filed two lawsuits against online sellers alleged to have illegally offered counterfeit goods through its vast e-commerce platform. The suits, filed in King County Superior Court in Seattle, are believed to be the first time Amazon has sued third-party sellers over the alleged sale of counterfeit goods on its site. In…

Alibaba Faces Growing Pressure Over Counterfeit Goods
201612.22
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Alibaba Faces Growing Pressure Over Counterfeit Goods

[By:CAO LI] Alibaba has a fakes problem. On Wednesday, American trade officials said that they had added Taobao, the Alibaba Group’s sprawling online shopping bazaar in China, to their list of the world’s most notorious markets for counterfeit goods. The addition — an embarrassing setback four years after Alibaba successfully lobbied American officials to drop…