Google Deepens the War Against Counterfeit Merchandise

The war against fakes or counterfeit merchandise is getting real and deep. We already blogged about it. On our June 26th piece, we explained the recent actions taken by Amazon to block third party counterfeits or fake products on its platform, prompted by the passage of a new bill at the US House of Representatives. The name of the bill is the Shop Safe Act. This bill is not the law of the land yet…

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Are Racist Trademarks Legal?

This year has been one of protests and indignation for the number of deaths of black individuals by police forces across the USA.  The Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations against police brutality sparked also introspection into all forms of racism, not only the racism that hurts or kills. Some companies started to revise their hiring policies. Others were called out for their lack of black and brown representation in leadership positions. This long-overdue introspection…

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Amazon Creates Unit to Fight Counterfeit Products

Back in March of 2020, in a rare show of bipartisanship, the US House of Representatives put forward a bill that would make e-commerce companies such as Amazon legally liable for counterfeits sold on its platform, a much-awaited move to stem fake products coming from several countries.  The name of the bill is the Shop Safe Act. As a result of this no so subtle pressure, Amazon is stepping up the battle against counterfeits with the…

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Free Legal Disclaimer for COVID19 Open-Source Creators and Makers

We are inspired by the efforts of the maker and “hacker” community in the efforts to create open-source Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID19 pandemic. Most of these creators are young people with abilities in laser cutting and 3D printing devices at home who are turning their apartments and homes into small PPE production lines. In an effort to help them provide this emergency manufacturing with some legal tools, we are sharing a release…

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