The Internet has facilitated the growth of counterfeiting. Search engines make it easy for anyone to access as well as advertise counterfeits. With no way differentiate brands and counterfeits share the same advertising space on many of these search engines. While working at Richemont, a large luxury goods conglomerate, CEO Bharat Dube ran many successful investigations including the 2000 DiPadova case. http://en.bellesmontres.com/cartier/the-war-on-fakes-20-12-2012-1604773_924.php
The Darknet allows people to surf the Internet anonymously. With respect to counterfeiting, it allows counterfeiters an elusive mask and facilitates their business free from the risk of tracking and discovery by authorities. CEO Bharat Dube discusses the urgency for brands to address this exponential growth in Darknet use. http://www.911branding.com/2014/09/delving-darknet/
Former Head of IP Enforcement and Litigation at Richemont, Bharat Dube oversaw an enforcement operation which led to the imprisonment of a major online counterfeiter of Cartier products. https://www.i-law.com/ilaw/doc/view.htm?id=2122
China is cracking down on e-commerce activity in the country, which has been largely unregulated. Where total online spending was about $427 billion, e-commerce regulation has become a critical matter with companies like Alibaba feeling pressure. http://www.wsj.com/articles/china-tries-to-clean-up-e-commerce-1427894413
CEO Bharat Dube, discusses the threats posed by crypto-currencies like bitcoin and how brands will need to once again invest resources in monitoring the abuse of their names and reputations online. Dubes explores it use, especially on the Deep Web including the famous hidden site, ‘The Silk Road’, which elicits black market activity. http://www.ipprotheInternet.com/specialistfeatures/specialistfeature.php?specialist_id=69#.VV6zw0Y_WhE
SIPI, in association with the Asian Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (ACACAP), and Ravindaran Associates, Singapore, hosted a seminar in Singapore on IP Enforcement, on April 29, 2016. This follows an event hosted recently in New Delhi, on April 7, 2016, in conjunction with ACACAP and the law firm of Anand and Anand.