The U.S. Trade Representative Office admitted that Alibaba has taken steps to simplify the process of removing counterfeit and shoddy products, but said "the process of removing counterfeit and shoddy products is still tedious enough to end the sale of counterfeit and shoddy products on Taobao."
Alibaba President Mike Evans (MikeEvans) Bowen said, the company was included in the "notorious markets list" does not accurately reflect the achievements in the protection of intellectual property rights and brand of the Alibaba, we have no choice but to conclude that this is a process of bias and Its loopholes appeared one after another., political "
As China's economy continues to grow rapidly and Chinese enterprises move overseas, the trade tensions between China and the United States have been aggravating day by day. Recently, Chinese companies' acquisitions of U.S. companies were repeatedly blocked by the U.S. legislature. The proposal of acquiring MoneyGram by Ant Financial Holdings, the controlling shareholder of Alibaba's board of directors, was stopped by the U.S. Foreign Investment Commission.
Taobao is one of the 25 online markets listed by the U.S. Trade Representative Office on the "Notorious Market" list, and 18 physical markets are also on the "Notorious Market" list.
This is the second consecutive year (2017) that Taobao has been listed in the "Notorious Market" list. Taobao has not been included in the list of "notorious markets" in 2012 and 2015 and was included in this list in 2016.
Although being listed in the "notorious market" list will not bring any direct punishment, it is a big blow to Alibaba's efforts to get rid of the fake and shoddy products on its platform and to combat the negative image of fake and shoddy products.
Alibaba argues that it has lowered the threshold for its use of its IPR protection program, and the number of registered IPRs has increased by 11%. Due to the increased pre-emptive regulatory efforts and the blocking of counterfeit and inferior products outside its platform, the counterfeit The number of requests for counterfeit products decreased by 25%.
Evans said in a statement. "From this, it is clear that the obvious fact is that no matter how much effort and progress we make, the U.S. Trade Representative Office turns a blind eye to the concrete results we have achieved."
The U.S. Trade Representative Office said that Alibaba's data did not directly reflect the status and scope of Taobao's counterfeit and shoddy product issues, but only indicated that its efforts to combat counterfeit and shoddy products have made progress.
The U.S. Trade Representative Office also noted that Alibaba's efforts seem more inclined to address the concerns of multinational brands rather than SMEs. "Alibaba has a responsibility to make more effective measures to address the concerns of all U.S. companies."
For Alibaba's overseas expansion strategy, the decision of the U.S. Trade Representative Office is undoubtedly a heavy blow. Alibaba is the overlord in the field of e-commerce in China. Taobao and other shopping platforms of the company account for the vast majority of the online retail sales in China. However, in the U.S. e-commerce market, Alibaba has a limited share.
Alibaba said over 230,000 Taobao shops were closed between September 2016 and August 2017. Alibaba also provided clues to law enforcement agencies, resulting in the arrest of more than 1,000 people and the destruction of nearly 1,000 manufacturing and distribution dens. (Compile / frost leaves)