Alibaba and Tencent are added to US black list of brands

Both Alibaba and Tencent have been added to the US “Notorious Markets List” of businesses it believes are involved with trading counterfeit products.

The list contains 42 online sites and 35 physical retail stores including a number ecommerce platforms which are run by the two firms.

Both the companies have been accused of engaging and facilitating “trademark counterfeiting or copyright privacy,” by the US trade agency as the two countries continue their long-standing trade disputes.

“The global trade in counterfeit and pirated goods undermines critical US innovation and creativity and harms American workers,” US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said in a statement.

Both WeChat and AliExpress have also been added to the list for the first time, according to The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

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The office referred to the sites as “two significant China-based online markets that reportedly facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting”.

Other online markets Baidu Wangpan, DHGate, Pinduoduo and Taobao continue to be listed, it added, “as well as nine physical markets located within China that are known for the manufacture, distribution, and sale of counterfeit goods”.

Tech giant Tencent said it had and was continuing to invest “significant resources” into protecting the intellectual property rights on the platforms.

“We strongly disagree with the decision made by the United States Trade Representative and are committed to working collaboratively to resolve this matter,” a spokesperson told the BBC.

The USTR first started identifying “notorious markets” in 2006 with the aim of protecting US businesses and workers from fake goods that are not manufactured in the country.

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