The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that it has put the e-commerce websites of two Chinese companies and Alibaba on the list of “notorious markets” for selling counterfeit goods or facilitating the spread of counterfeit goods.
The list includes 42 online and 35 physical marketplaces that have been identified as participating or indirectly facilitating substantial-scale trademark counterfeiting or piracy.
“For the first time, the e-commerce ecosystems of AliExpress and WeChat, two important online marketplaces based in China, have been identified as facilitating trademark counterfeiting on a significant scale. ”quoted a statement from the USTR office.
Other China-based online marketplaces such as Baidu Wangpan, DHGate, Pinduoduo and Taobao continue to be blacklisted by US authorities. Along with that are 9 physical markets located on the mainland: “known for producing, distributing and consuming counterfeit goods”.
Alibaba said the company will continue to coordinate with authorities to address concerns about intellectual property rights protection on its platform.
Meanwhile, industry associations such as the American Footwear and Apparel Association (AAFA) and the Motion Picture Association have welcomed the USTR’s report.
According to a separate report on February 16, the USTR said that the US needs to pursue new strategies as well as update domestic trade tools to deal with China’s “non-market policies and behaviour”.
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