Zachary Wolf
Product Marketing Manager, AntiCounterfeiting
November 1, 2017
It's estimated that the total value of fakes sold worldwide each year numbers as high as $1.8 trillion, with watches, bags, clothing, jewelry and perfume making up the bulk of goods seized at borders. Welcome to the life of countless luxury brands, now an appealing target for online counterfeiters who lure consumers to rogue sites under the guise of their prestigious names. International fashion leader Valentino SpA discovered this firsthand when unauthorized website and marketplace sales, along with misrepresentation on social media, began plaguing the business. It soon became obvious that the problem was too large for an in-house legal team... Read More
Tags: luxury
Senior Brand Protection Product Marketing Manager
How Do You Protect Consumers from Online Brand Abuse?
There are two categories of consumers that purchase counterfeit goods online: the well-intentioned, seeking authentic products, who get duped into buying fakes — and those who are determined to buy counterfeits at heavily discounted prices. To prevent revenue loss and protect consumer experience, you’ll want to focus on the former group, as 27 percent of online shoppers unknowingly purchase counterfeit goods. Neglecting these well-intentioned consumers creates not only an immediate revenue loss but also a cascading negative impact on brand reputation. As counterfeit products fail, consumers associate them with bad experiences and defer to competitors. MarkMonitor takes a unique, consumer-centric approach... Read More
Tags: Brand Abuse
Domain Client Services Manager
Registering #Hashtags in the Domain Space
The internet is known for viral storms of popular content that often fade just as quickly as they rise. #Hashtags are a simple solution for tagging branded content and consumer feedback in an accessible way. However, the simplicity of the medium makes hashtags inherently unstable. While this tagging system easily identifies content for users to find, branded hashtags require maintenance and constant user engagement in order to effectively work. Hashtags are unique in that they do not need to be acquired, like domain names. This makes them easy to use by brands and consumers alike, but difficult to manage. Because hashtags... Read More
Senior Writer
File First in China — or Risk Forfeiting Your Brand
Can you say your brand name in Mandarin? If not, it might be time to learn. With more than 721 million internet users, China has become a mecca for online shopping — as well as the source for more than 60 percent of the world’s counterfeit goods, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The country’s trademarking law adopts a first-to-file principle, which grants exclusive trademark rights to the earliest party that applies to register. If you’re overseeing a brand with worldwide appeal, this is worth noting. While there are possible legal grounds for protecting unregistered trademarks and... Read More
Tags: China
Product Marketing Manager, AntiCounterfeiting
Just how tough is it to enforce online brand protection?
For any business or brand operating online, it is imperative that they know the importance of protecting themselves in this fast-moving digital realm. If a fraudster successfully fools shoppers into buying fake goods through hoax social media accounts or phishing emails, the impact it can have on both your brand’s reputation and its finances can be significant. It’s one thing knowing all of this, but it is quite another to properly enforce online brand protection. A TechValidate survey carried out by ourselves late last year found that 96% of all brands surveyed cited effective enforcement as a critical challenge in protecting... Read More
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