On 17 February, the US Trade Representative released its Notorious Markets List which highlights online and physical markets that reportedly engage in or facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy. It also identifies 42 online markets and 35 physical markets that are reported to engage in or facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy. This includes identifying for the first time AliExpress and the WeChat e-commerce ecosystem, 2 significant China-based online markets that reportedly facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting. Also, China-based online markets Baidu Wangpan, DHGate, Pinduoduo, and Taobao continue to be listed, as well as 9 physical markets located within China that are known for the manufacture, distribution, and sale of counterfeit goods.
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