A survey by the UK law firm Clarke Willmott conducted during the 2011 holiday shopping season uncovered some interesting insights on what consumers think about fakes, who buys them (or doesn’t) and why. The survey was completed by 2,081 adults in the UK. Here are just a few of the highlights: 17% of adults admitted to buying a counterfeit product – and men show a higher propensity to buy fakes than women (21% vs. 14%) Top reasons for buying fakes are economic driven – and include fakes being cheaper than genuine product (22%) and buyers having less money to spend due... Read More
The 2011 online holiday shopping season is off to a robust start -- increasing 15% from last year in its first 32 days. It appears that fraudsters are also off to a rapid start. As reported by Technorati, counterfeit coupons are popping up on the Internet, often on popular online marketplaces, classified ad sites, social networks, blogs and via email. Counterfeit coupons target both higher priced items and every day items; earlier this year, a student was charged with posting hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of counterfeit coupons on the Internet for items ranging from laundry detergent to video game... Read More
It has been a banner week for brands battling counterfeiting and piracy on the web. Earlier this week, ICE shut down a few hundred sites while Chanel, in a landmark case, gained control over 600 sites. Moreover, Chanel was granted a court order to stop traffic leading to those sites from popular search and social sites including Facebook, Yahoo!, Bing, Twitter & Google. While some feel that this decision is too broad, we hope that this judgment will help companies protect their brands and the consumers that love them. Read More
In the spring of 2008, we published a Brandjacking Index that detailed how we found suspected counterfeit aircraft parts online. At that time, we noticed "24 spare parts vendors for different sources outside normal distribution channels." We noted, too, that there were many suppliers promoting parts for both military and commercial aircraft. As a result, we added US government contacts to our pre-announcement briefings program. Three years later, we are concerned to see reports that counterfeit parts have been found in military aircraft, including aircraft used by our troops in Afghanistan. While the source of the counterfeit parts is not detailed... Read More
In August of 2009, Louis Vuitton (LVMH) won a closely-watched lawsuit against web-hosting company, Akanoc. The fashion giant claimed that Akanoc provided support to Chinese trademark and copyright pirates that sold counterfeit versions of their merchandise. In September of 2011, that ruling was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. This is a significant case for brands and intellectual property protection, a ‘landmark’ according to WWD reporter, Alexandra Steigrad. A core issue in the lawsuit was the finding that the web hosting firm ‘knowingly’ allowed sites to sell goods that infringed on Louis Vuitton copyrights and trademarks. Damages have been... Read More

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With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More