Amazon Lands on U.S. Trade Representative Notorious Markets Blacklist


The Office of the United States Trade Representative released its annual Special 301 Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of trading partners’ protection of intellectual property rights and the findings of its Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy (the Review), which highlights online and physical markets that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial […]

Canon Files Infringement Report with Amazon

Amazon Canon infringement

Original equipment manufacturers will go to any lengths to protect their patents, even if it means doing the same repetitive action. Just today, Canon filed an infringement report with, requesting the removal of certain toner cartridge listings offered by Office Valley for use in HP laser beam printers. The original equipment manufacturer alleged that […]

Patent Your Product Before You Miss Out

Behind any great product is an inventor — and a patent. Patents are a powerful form of intellectual property protection. They can save inventions from being infringed upon by copycats, can provide a multitude of licensing and monetization opportunities, and can give your new invention a heightened level of credibility that will attract inventors. If […]

Amazon Briefly Sold Pirated Copies of PC Game Frostpunk for $2.99

Over the weekend, users on Reddit noticed that Amazon was offering a huge pre-Prime Day discount on PC game Frostpunk by 11 bit studios. The game normally sells for $29.99 on Amazon but was offered for sale to download for only $2.99. And the fact that it was a download product created a lot of […]

Amazon Seller Escalates Account Suspension Appeal to Jeff Bezos and Loses

CNBC reports that Amazon seller Cheapskates Liquidators received an email from an Amazon employee who calls himself Paul (no last name provided) stating “Jeff Bezos received your email and I am responding on his behalf…” “Paul” goes on to say that “I have thoroughly reviewed your account and the information you have provided and determined that you may […]

Chanel Files $56 Million Trademark Suit Against eBay Seller

This month, cosmetics firm Chanel filed a trademark infringement suit in the New York Easter District Court against eBay seller Ryan Ladijinsky asking for $56 million in damages, claiming 27 different infringements. The amount the company is seeking also includes punitive damages for what the company claims are Ladijinsky’s willful infringement activities. In the court […]

Alibaba Steps Up Cooperation on Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement

Alibaba Group recently released a series of initiatives to strengthen its intellectual property rights protection. The event happened days after Taobao was put on the blacklist by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for the second consecutive year over suspected counterfeits sold on the eCommerce platform. During the event, the eCommerce giant told brands and rights […]

Alibaba Lands Again on U.S. Government List for Fakes

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Friday (USTR) listed Alibaba’s marketplace on its list of Notorious Markets as a source of fake and pirated merchandise. The USTR report makes the following accusations: “A high volume of infringing products reportedly continue to be offered for sale and sold on and stakeholders continue […]