How Brands Can Protect Themselves on Craigslist

“Craigslist, as an internet service provider, is immune from liability unless it knows or has reason to know that goods are counterfeit.”—Maurice Ross, New York Intellectual Property Law AttorneyPast posts addressed what brands can do to fight counterfeiting on eBay and protect their brand on Alibaba. Similar to the challenges that these online marketplaces face...

Protecting Online Content on Both Sides of the Border

By guest blogger Lucas S. Michels, Attorney at Ironmark Law Group, PLLC in Seattle, Washington, and blogger on cross-border and trade-related intellectual property issues at The IP Exporter.Being an IP and business attorney who services both U.S. and Canadian clients, I often find myself caught between the dichotomy of U.S. and Canadian online copyright...

How to Protect Your Brand on Alibaba

"I am afraid that something we notice but don't prevent today will eventually grow into a cancer for a company's future development... that's why I think I will surely regret it if we don't do well in fighting counterfeits," Ma Yun, Alibaba's chairman, said at his last news conference before he officially stepped down...

What Brands Can Do to Fight Counterfeiting on eBay

“People have been selling counterfeits online since there have been counterfeits and since there has been online commerce” —Judith Zaichkowsky, author of Counterfeiting, The Psychology Behind Trademark Infringement and Counterfeiting Although it’s impossible to abolish the counterfeit trade, a brand can make it difficult for counterfeiters to sell its brand, which will encourage them to...

Investigating the Counterfeit Problem on eBay

The challenges that brands face to protect their intellectual property on eBay is significant. It's commonplace for individuals and organized crime groups to use online marketplaces, such as eBay, to sell replicas of brand name items from Prada bags to Ugg boots.To highlight this problem, Lollipuff did an eBay search for “Herve Leger” listings during a...

Using Unique Identifiers to Protect Brands From Counterfeiting

“Counterfeit products are appearing with alarming frequency and it can be increasingly difficult to distinguish the genuine from the fake.” —Philip Watkins, managing director of Gabriel-Chemie UKThe trade and production of counterfeit goods is on the rise at an alarming rate. The following cutting edge technologies are being used by manufacturers to address the growing...

Using the Law to Fight Counterfeiting

Counterfeiting is a global problem. Those involved in counterfeiting erode public confidence in consumer goods. Even worse, revenue from the sale of counterfeit goods often fund organized crime and terrorist groups. In addition to promoting consumer awareness, those in the fight against counterfeits use the courts as a tool to crackdown on counterfeit goods, deter...

Working Together to Crackdown on Counterfeits

Counterfeiting is a criminal activity that tarnishes brand image and produces inferior goods to the tune of over $700 billion worldwide annually. Profits made from the illegal sale of counterfeit goods are often used to support organized crime and fund terrorist activities.Online collaboration efforts represent one line of defense against counterfeit goods. Websites and apps...

The Job of a Private Investigator 100 Years From Now

The nature of how private investigators do their work has changed since the advent of the Internet. They spend less time working in the field and more time behind their desks looking at social media profiles, searching public records and strategically using advanced search engine features.Fast forward 100 years from now, as intelligence becomes more...

Important Role Social Media Plays in Online Investigations

Social media networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Foursquare have large amounts of information that are publicly accessible and fair game for a private investigator.Facebook alone has over one billions users. Twitter boasts over 575 million users with LinkedIn weighing in at more than 200 million users. Chances are high that your...