WASHINGTON — The U.S. said Thursday it has removed two Chinese-run online marketplaces from its “Notorious Markets List” after operators worked with trademark rights holders to significantly decrease the amount of counterfeit and pirated products sold on the sites.
The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office said it has removed the Chinese sites Taobao and Sogou from the list after both sites worked with rights holders to address copyright and trademark infringing products sold on their sites.
USTR’s review lists more than 30 Internet and physical markets around the world that sell infringing goods and services and facilitate global piracy and counterfeiting.
“We highlight the notorious markets that have a negative impact on legitimate businesses and industries of all sizes that rely on intellectual property to protect their goods and services,” said U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.“I applaud the actions that some markets have taken to begin ridding their virtual and physical marketplaces of pirated and counterfeit goods, as well as enforcement actions taken by certain governments that have resulted in the shutdown of several other markets.It is through both voluntary and government actions that we will continue to improve the landscape for IPR owners and companies and their workers here at home that rely on IPR protection.”
USTR said in the report that Taobao “significantly decreased” the listing of counterfeit and pirated products on its website in the past year after working with rights holders.
“Taobao has been removed from the 2012 List because it has undertaken notable effors over the past year to work with rights holders directly or through their industry associations to clean up its site,” thereport said.
U.S. officials also urged Taobao to further streamline procedures for submitting and responding to notifications, to decrease the time it takes to take down listings of counterfeit and pirated products andto continue efforts working with rights holders, such as the apparel and footwear and software industries.
The U.S. also removed the site, Sogou, from the list after its operators took steps to address infringing products online, the report said.
The list aims to identify Internet and physical markets selling counterfeit and pirated products that have been the subject of enforcement or may merit further investigation. It does not reflect findings oflegal violations or analyze the climate of IPR protection and enforcement in the countries where the markets exist.
From overseeing America’s fastest-growing speciality retailers to codifying cool, WWD talked to the women who are leading the way for the future of beauty. Check out our Instagram Stories to see how these women built today and are creating tomorrow. (📸: @hannah_khymych) #wwdbeauty
For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)