We have adopted a zero tolerance policy and have put in place a comprehensive program to deal not only with websites offering fake Christian Louboutin® goods, but the sources thereof, social media, auction platforms and other avenues of trade for fake products.
Keep in mind that when something looks too good to be true, that’s usually what it is worth: websites selling very low priced Louboutin® looking shoes (so called “Cheap Louboutin” or “Louboutin Outlet”) probably do not sell the real thing. Use good sense. Protect yourself. Buy via our authorized retailers and contact us if in doubt!
ONLINE AUCTIONS AND CLASSIFIEDS
We monitor and collaborate with hundreds of platforms worldwide and take down auctions and classifieds offering fake Christian Louboutin® goods for sale on a daily basis, as soon as we spot them.
We work closely with law enforcement authorities, alongside with Google, Bing, Baidu, Yahoo! and others to identify sellers of fake Christian Louboutin® goods. Our program has taken down thousands of websites or links, whether sponsored or not, which were eventually redirecting Internet users to sellers dealing counterfeit products.
HOSTING AND TECHNICAL PROVIDERS
Our program relies on Intellectual Propery rights — especially Copyright and Trademark Law — to get hosting providers to remove websites stored on their servers which we identify as selling fake products. We have a good compliance level in many countries stretching from the United States to Europe, Panama, Korea, Japan and China.
DOMAIN NAMES AND UDRP PROCEDURES
When we find a website that keeps coming back, we initiate actions seeking formal cancellation of its domain name or other similar action with the various bodies that by international agreement have the authority to literally wipe the URL address of a site off the books, or force a domain name registrar to do so.
BLOGS AND SOCIAL MEDIA
The bad guys are cunning: they use blogs that really are just another way to lead Internet users to websites selling fake goods. We take them down.
We also monitor social media such as Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat, Twitter, Weibo or WeChat, where counterfeit dealers try and sell their merchandise. When we discover such profiles or groups, we get them removed swiftly and start a trace back to their owner.
Our trademarks are registered with Customs services throughout the world. Those services are supported through constant training and dialogue with our Counsels and ourselves. Collaborations, detainments and seizures follow.
We maintain a large number of field investigators around the globe who follow up on all information we receive regarding those who sell fake Christian Louboutin® products. The investigators turn information over to our Counsels who under our direction act on it.
On the field, our investigators monitor markets, factories, warehouses and wholesale stores. When they uncover such places manufacturing, storing and/or selling counterfeit goods, local law enforcement authorities are informed and raids are conducted. All fake products are then seized and destroyed, and counterfeiters sentenced.
Depending on the size of the wrongdoer, we use all remedies available. That means everything from a cease-and-desist letter, a search-and-seize order, an order freezing the counterfeiter’s assets, to a judgment against the counterfeiter and, wherever possible, we recover fake products records and money damages.
If the adverse party appears to be one that warrants criminal action, we interface directly with local law enforcement authorities to seek and encourage criminal prosecution against those who sell fakes.
We always act based on the intelligence collected: not everyone gets the same response, but we move against everything. This is what we mean by zero tolerance: no counterfeiter should believe because they are relatively small, or falsely hiding behind their screen, they will not be found nor moved against.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT COUNTERFEITING, YOU MAY VISIT THE FOLLOWING LINKS:
On an international scale
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): wipo.int
The World Trade Organization (WTO): wto.org
The International Trademark Association (INTA): inta.org
The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI): aippi.org
The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC): iacc.org
In the European Union
The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO): euipo.europa.eu
The European Commission and Customs: ec.europa.eu
The European Union’s Criminal Intelligence Agency (Europol): europol.europa.eu
The National Industrial Property Institute (INPI): inpi.fr
The National Anti-Counterfeiting Committee (CNAC): contrefacon-danger.com
L’Union des Fabricants (UNIFAB): unifab.com
The French Customs: douane.gouv.fr
La Direction Générale de la Concurrence de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes (DGCCRF): economie.gouv.fr/dgccrf
In the United States
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE): ice.gov
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS): dhs.gov
The Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center): iprcenter.gov
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC): antifraudcentre.ca
Note: the above is not any recommendation or endorsement of any organization firm business legal or otherwise but is meant solely as a convenience to the reader.