USTR Seeks Comments on Identifying Foreign Markets for Counterfeit Goods

Last week, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a notice requesting comments to assist in identifying Internet and physical markets based outside the U.S. that should be included in the 2017 Notorious Markets List. The Notorious Markets List identifies marketplaces that either facilitate or directly engage in counterfeiting or copyright piracy, causing significant financial losses for manufacturing rights holders.

Written comments are due by Oct. 2, 2017. Rebuttal or other information to be considered is due by Oct. 16, 2017. Last year, the Auto Care Association submitted comments identifying Alibaba and Taobao as notorious online markets selling counterfeit automotive parts, tools and equipment marketed with members’ brands.

We would appreciate input from members for inclusion in this year’s report and request that members provide information on intellectual property rights concerns, including trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets.

Please contact Angela Chiang with any comments you would like included in the association’s submission no later than Wednesday, Sept. 20. Members can also file their own comments through