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Alibaba files lawsuit against IPR agency

ALIBABA Group has filed a lawsuit against a domestic intellectual property right agency and Beijing Dongcheng District People’s Court has accepted the case, the e-commerce giant said yesterday.

Hangzhou Wangwei Technology Co is alleged to have made malicious or false IPR complaints against Alibaba vendors such as providing fake IPR documents or trademark proofs.

Alibaba said Wangwei Technology had been abusing the counterfeit notice and takedown system by providing malicious or false IPR complaints.

“We’re resorting to legal measures to fight against unscrupulous intellectual property right agents and to bring order back to the platform,” said Zheng Junfang, chief platform governance officer at Alibaba Group.

Alibaba is asking for 1.1 million yuan (US$160,000) in compensation and an open apology from Wangwei Technology.

Alibaba has a system where it can remove merchants as soon as the IPR holders or authorized third parties file complaints against them to the platform.

Hangzhou Wangwei denied in a statement that it had made fake allegations and said it is protecting IPR in a righteous and lawful way. It also reiterated that its work is beneficiary to the protection of IPR.

The company added that it will also take legal measures against the false claims that have hurt its interests.



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