IACC Expands its Membership to Intermediaries

The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition Expands its Membership to Intermediaries

Alibaba Group Becomes First Company to Join Under New Membership

Washington, DC – April 13, 2016 – The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) announced today that it has created a new membership category that would be available for companies, such as intermediaries, to join the IACC. This important step underscores the organization’s mission to foster collaborative and productive dialogue surrounding counterfeiting and piracy between all industries and sectors.

Companies that join under the new category will be known as the IACC’s General Members. General Member status is reserved for companies that are not directly or substantially impacted by counterfeiting, but whose industry position or policies make them a potential partner with the IACC in its mission to combat counterfeiting and piracy. The IACC strongly believes in the value of collaboration, building bridges and bringing together partners from all sides to develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to counterfeiting and piracy. The IACC aims to bring General Members to a closer, more constructive relationship with its other members, thereby promoting a more conducive environment to collaboratively combat against counterfeiting and piracy.
The IACC also welcomes Alibaba Group as its first General Member. Alibaba has been a strong partner with the IACC through its MOU signed in 2013 and the launch of the IACC MarketSafe® Program in 2014. Through the Program, the IACC and its participating members work to identify and take down infringing listings on Taobao and Tmall via an expedited removal procedure that has resulted in a 100% take-down rate when companies stand behind their claims.
 
“The problem of counterfeiting is too pervasive and complex for any single company or industry to combat on its own. By bringing intermediaries to the fold, we are offering our current membership a new way to work with them directly on this issue while coordinating a collective effort to developing solutions to global counterfeiting and piracy,” said Bob Barchiesi, the IACC President.
 
“We’re excited that Alibaba, one of our strongest partners, has joined the IACC and we look forward to their membership as a further step in enriching our existing dialogue and partnership.”
 
“Alibaba is committed to protecting intellectual property rights. In joining the IACC, a recognized global leader in anti-counterfeiting, we strengthen our continued efforts in tackling this problem head-on,” said Matthew Bassiur, Head of Global Intellectual Property Enforcement at Alibaba Group.
 
Underscoring the IACC’s mission of collaborative engagement, the IACC 2016 Annual Spring Conference, which is organized in partnership with ICC BASCAP, will focus on intermediaries and the actions that they and rights holders can take collectively to address counterfeiting and piracy. The Conference takes place in Orlando, FL, U.S.A. on May 18-20.
 
About IACC
The IACC (www.iacc.org) is a Washington, DC-based not for profit organization representing the interests of companies concerned with trademark counterfeiting and the related theft of intellectual property. The members of the IACC include many of the world’s best known brands across all product sectors. The IACC has played a leading role in the development of cross-industry voluntary agreements, to address the illicit trafficking of counterfeit and pirated goods online, including its IACC MarketSafe and RogueBlock initiatives.
 
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