US adds Tencent and Alibaba sites to list falling counterfeit sales | Technology

The list identifies 42 online marketplaces and 35 physical marketplaces suspected of engaging in or facilitating piracy.

E-commerce sites operated by Chinese companies Tencent Holdings Ltd and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd have been placed on the U.S. government’s “notorious markets” list of entities that allegedly sell or facilitate the sale of counterfeit products, the bureau said Thursday. US Trade Representative.

The list identifies 42 online marketplaces and 35 physical marketplaces that engage in or facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy.

“This includes the identification for the first time of AliExpress and the WeChat e-commerce ecosystem, two prominent China-based online marketplaces that allegedly facilitate substantial trademark infringement,” the USTR office said in a statement. communicated.

China-based online marketplaces Baidu Wangpan, DHGate, Pinduoduo, and Taobao also continue to make the list, along with nine physical marketplaces located in China “which are known for manufacturing, distributing, and selling counterfeit products,” the USTR says the office.

Alibaba said it would continue to work with government agencies to address intellectual property protection concerns on its platforms.

Industry bodies like the American Apparel and Footwear Association and the Motion Picture Association hailed the USTR’s release of the report.

The USTR office said in a separate report released Wednesday that the United States needed to pursue new strategies and update domestic trade tools to deal with the “state-directed non-trade policies and practices” of the China.

The United States and China have been engaged in trade tensions for years over issues such as tariffs, technology and intellectual property, among others.

The United States has said China has failed to meet certain commitments under a so-called “Phase 1” trade deal signed by the administration of former President Donald Trump.

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