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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.

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.

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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.

CJEU: Private individuals can be liable for counterfeiting

Currently, a court in Finland is dealing with a case of a private individual who allegedly infringed the IP rights of Schaeffler. The case is based on a recent, far-reaching ruling by the CJEU, saying that private individuals can also be held liable if they act as intermediaries in counterfeit trade.

German parliament approves Unitary Patent

Germany’s parliament paves the way for the EU-wide Unitary Patent. The European reform is designed to streamline pan-European IP protection and make it more effective. Some trade associations criticize that it might be too expensive and could facilitate controversial patents.

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