Grey Market

Ten Things You Can Do to Help Your Brand Fight Unauthorized Sellers

The unauthorized sales dilemma eCommerce continues to grow substantially each year.  And this annual growth has positively affected brands in many ways.  However, it has led to an increase in grey market internet sales. The point of entry for unauthorized third-party sellers is very low: virtually anyone that can get...

The First Sale Doctrine and Establishing Legal Claims to Overcome It

Manufacturers Can Create Material Difference and Quality Controls Manufacturers often look to trademark law to stop unauthorized online sales of their products.  However, online resellers are typically immune from any liability for selling genuine trademarked products.  This is due to what is known as the First Sale Doctrine, described below....

Maintaining Internet Minimum Advertised Price (IMAP) Policies While Avoiding Antitrust Issues

E-commerce has fundamentally changed consumer behavior.  Prior to the internet, great deals were normally had by only the most savvy of customers.  Now, however, price comparisons, blowout sales, and bargain shopping are the norm for anyone with a smart phone.  As a result, the past few years have seen never-ending...

How to Prevent Grey Market and Diverted Goods From Undercutting Your Prices on eBay

Let’s say your brand is sold on eBay.com.  To monitor your products, you frequently check eBay. You notice that there are regularly many products listed on the website for much less than your MAP prices. Unfortunately, there is no magic solution to fix this problem.  Instead, we recommend that brands implement integrated enforcement...

Webinar Replay | Vorys and NetNames Tackle Diverted and Grey Market Goods

Whitney Gibson, head of Vorys’ Online Seller Enforcement group, teamed up with David Franklin, Global Director of Brand Protection at NetNames, to present a webinar, “Stopping Unauthorized Sellers (Diverted and Grey Market Goods). We’re pleased to make this webinar replay available, along with a recap and access to the slides...

Gibson Co-Present Webinar Tackling Diverted and Grey Market Goods and Stopping Unauthorized Sales

On June 8, Whitney Gibson (head of Vorys’ online seller enforcement group) and NetNames’ David Franklin will co-present a webinar entitled “Stopping Unauthorized Sellers (Diverted and Grey Market Goods).” NetNames is a respected corporate brand protection company that provides online security, anti-piracy, domain acquisition, new gTLDs and corporate domain management...

Strategies for How to Stop Grey Market Sales Online

Grey market goods generally refer to items manufactured in one country and imported into another without the trademark owner’s consent. Often referred to as parallel imports, grey market goods can be problematic for businesses. Specifically, those that take steps to prohibit importation into the United States or otherwise attempt to establish...