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Taobao Marketplace and Louis Vuitton Commit to Combine Efforts in the Fight Against Counterfeiters


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Chinese online shopping platform Taobao Marketplace ("Taobao") and the luxury brand Louis Vuitton Malletier ("Louis Vuitton") are pleased to announce the signing this week of a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”), establishing guidelines for their active cooperation in the fight against online counterfeiting on the Taobao e-commerce platform.

The MOU is based on a number of proactive and preventive measures to fight against counterfeits, the first of their kind to be implemented by Taobao in direct cooperation with a brand owner. The recommendations also include a notice and takedown system to support these proactive measures.

Indeed, the MOU reflects the strong collaboration between Taobao and Louis Vuitton, as well as their long-term interest in establishing a mutual strategy based on efficient brand protection.

Both Taobao and Louis Vuitton are hopeful that these measures will significantly contribute to building a fairer and more transparent e-business environment for consumers on e-commerce sites.

This additional collaboration follows the support of Chinese authorities in the fight against counterfeiting. “Such collaboration is invaluable to us, in order to prevent the manufacture, transport and sales of counterfeit goods, online as well as off-line” said Valérie Sonnier, Global Intellectual Property Director for Louis Vuitton.

The fight against counterfeiting is an integral part of Louis Vuitton’s international strategy. Louis Vuitton has a zero tolerance policy against counterfeits. It is a duty that Louis Vuitton owes to its customers who trust the brand across the world and who recognize the true quality and the craftsmanship of its products.

"We are pleased to formalize our commitment and partnership with Louis Vuitton through the signing of this MOU", said Ni Liang, Senior Director of Internet Security, Alibaba Group. "Taobao Marketplace is dedicated to the protection of intellectual property rights and the fight against counterfeiting, and we firmly believe that the collaboration between brands, platforms and government agencies will create visible and significant results in the intellectual property enforcement space."

About Louis Vuitton

Founded in Paris in 1854, Louis Vuitton is synonymous with the art of travel. Its iconic trunks, luggage and bags have accompanied journeys throughout time. With the arrival of Artistic Director, Marc Jacobs in 1997, Louis Vuitton extended its expertise to ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches and jewelry, which are available in its exclusive network of stores worldwide. For more information: www.louisvuitton.com

About Taobao Marketplace

Launched in May 2003, Taobao Marketplace (www.taobao.com) is the most popular consumer-to consumer (C2C) online marketplace in China catering to buyers who value product selection and price competitiveness. With around 760 million product listings as of March 2013, Taobao Marketplace is one of the world’s top 20 most visited websites according to Alexa.



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