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Counterfeiting is bad news for everyone, bar fraudsters. Consumers are exposed to inferior or dangerous products, brands lose their value and online platforms like Allegro risk their reputation as trustworthy marketplaces. Although legal instruments to prevent IPR infringements, such as the IPR Enforcement and E-Commerce Directives, exist at EU/national level, they can be complemented by… » read more

Posted by Daniela Borlea

Allegro has been always committed to the fight against counterfeit goods online. Every year the Allegro Intellectual Property Team organises a conference of the Rights Protection Cooperation Programme in order to spread and share knowledge about the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) concerning tangible goods. This year the 6th Conference took place on 2nd… » read more

Posted by Dagmar Bartels

Google Under Fire

So it finally happened. Yesterday the European Commission announced it had sent Google a Statement of Objections (SO), accusing it of abusing its dominant position in search to unfairly give advantages to its comparison shopping service, Google Shopping. This is obviously hugely important. As I have argued here before, the outcome of this case has… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

In various conversations over recent months, I have noticed that a lot of people don’t understand the difference between general, or horizontal search on the one hand, and specialised, or vertical search on the other. Understanding the differences is crucial to understanding how Google abuses its dominant position, because Google systematically describes a vast “search”… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

In order to resolve its dispute with the European Commission (EC) over its abuses in dominant position in search, Google has proposed to use an existing commercial product, the Google Shopping box, as a basis for a settlement with the EC. The intended purpose was to give comparable presentation of rival products; note: comparable, not… » read more

Posted by Daniela Borlea

Google-bashing has become very fashionable. Businesses, individuals, and politicians around the world, but especially in Europe, have taken great delight in attacking Google: Google the monopolist, Google the privacy-killer, Google the tax-dodger, Google the facilitator of online piracy, Google the free-rider over telecoms networks. The list goes on.   My company is one of those… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

Broken Promises

In the beginning was Yahoo. I am old enough to remember the days when Internet access was via dial-up modem, with its distinctive sound, and when finding things on the Internet required using Yahoo’s Web Directory. Looking for things thematically, in a hierarchically organised index, seemed logical and easy at the time. Anyone with a… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood