Alibaba ready to apply for Taobao’s permit in Taiwan

19 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Alibaba says Kering lawsuit alleging fakes is baseless.

Seoul: The founder of Alibaba Group defended its stance against counterfeit goods and expressed regret Tuesday that the owner of luxury brands Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent has sued the e-commerce giant.SHANGHAI: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba on Monday denounced as baseless a lawsuit by French apparel company Kering Group, whose luxury brands include Gucci, which accused it of selling fake products.

A lawsuit filed by France’s Kering SA on Friday in a US court accuses Alibaba of cooperating with and profiting from sales of counterfeit goods despite its pledges to help stamp out the trade. “We express regret about the company’s choice to sue us and not to cooperate with us to fight against counterfeit goods,” said Ma at a news conference. Kering filed suit against US-listed Alibaba in a New York court last week for selling counterfeits of its products worldwide, Chinese state media reported. “Unfortunately, Kering Group has chosen the path of wasteful litigation instead of the path of constructive cooperation,” an Alibaba spokeswoman said in a statement provided to AFP. Alibaba, the world’s biggest e-commerce company by sales volume, has launched a series of initiatives to keep counterfeit goods off its platforms following complaints by trademark owners. Alibaba´s Taobao platform is estimated to hold more than 90 percent of the consumer-to-consumer market in China, while its is believed to command over half the Chinese market for business-to-consumer transactions. State media said that Kering filed an earlier lawsuit against Alibaba in July last year but dropped it after the two companies agreed to work together to reduce counterfeiting. “We continue to work in partnership with numerous brands to help them protect their intellectual property and we have a strong track record of doing so,” Alibaba said in its statement on Monday.

Xinhua news agency reported that local Taiwanese consumers can still shop via Taobao’s mainland store, but for some reason Alibaba can’t seem to set up shop in the correct manner on the island. “Mainland companies registered overseas need to apply for mainland business permits in Taiwan,” Emile Chang, the commission’s executive secretary told the press. “Neither Alibaba nor Taobao have done so.” Chang said both Taobao and, the business-to-business online platform hit by a similar ruling earlier this year, had applied for regular licenses to operate in Taiwan as non-Chinese, foreign-owned. The latest lawsuit accuses Alibaba, headquartered in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, of permitting merchants on its platforms even if they openly say they sell unlicensed copies.

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