Google Widens Crack-Down Against “Fakes” and Counterfeits

The war against “fakes” or counterfeit merchandise is getting real and now involves Google. We already blogged about it. On our June 26th piece, we explained how Amazon is blocking third-party counterfeits or fake products from its platform. This action triggered 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 but…

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Are Racist Trademarks and Brands Legal?

This year has been one of protests and indignation. The number of black individuals deaths by police forces across the USA shook our consciences. The Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations against police brutality sparked also introspection into all forms of racism, including in the trademark world. Some companies started to revise their hiring policies. While others are reviewing their minority representation in leadership positions. This long-overdue introspection made brand owners re-evaluate how these may…

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Amazon Cracks Down on Counterfeit Products

Back in March of 2020, the US House of Representatives put forward a bill to fight fake products. Specifically, it would make e-commerce companies such as Amazon legally liable for counterfeits sold on its platform. The name of the bill is the Shop Safe Act. As a result, Amazon is stepping up the battle against counterfeits. The retail giant has created a new team that will investigate fakes. Additionally, this team will pursue criminal charges…

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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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