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New initiative to fight illegal health products

A transatlantic initiative is targeting European transshipment hubs for counterfeit health products. In this effort, the US FDA is joining forces with European authorities and the OECD, in response to recent developments.

China: Technology to protect e‑commerce

E‑commerce platforms in China are fully banking on technical IP protection measures, says a study by China’s IP office CNIPA. The analysis also warns against the sale of counterfeits via live shopping and gaps in brand protection in cross‑border trade.

EU agrees on groundbreaking online law

With the Digital Services Act (DSA), the EU is now paving the way for comprehensive regulations, which could have a fundamental impact on online trade in counterfeits. The focus is particularly on large online platforms.

AliExpress and WeChat end up on USTR blacklist

This year’s US government Notorious Markets List includes some well-known Chinese e commerce platforms for the first time. At the same time, however, several often-criticized marketplaces have been removed, including sites from Amazon as well as Mercado Libre.

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EU announces new strategy against organized crime

With new measures for the next five years, the EU Commission plans to take more effective action against criminal organizations. Among others, the strategy builds on more intensive cooperation of the bloc’s member states – and includes specific steps against counterfeiting.

Association warns of counterfeiting risk in UK free trade zones

Trade in counterfeits could increase rapidly with several free trade zones currently planned by the British government, warns a local trade association. Recent studies show how illegal trade can increase with free trade zones.

China eyes tougher penalties for IP infringements

Trademark infringements could potentially be sanctioned with stricter penalties in China in the future. This is suggested by a recently published article with statements of President Xi Jinping – and by how experts view the article.

Amazon: European platforms blacklisted

Next to other, often-criticized marketplaces, several sites of Internet giant Amazon end up on the U.S. government’s new Notorious Markets list, including Amazon.de. The EU Commission also publishes its current watchlist – rating differently.

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