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Alibaba founder Jack Ma made the headlines when he took to Weibo (think Twitter but Chinese) with a lengthy post urging the Chinese government to crack down on counterfeiting in the country.
Today, Ma and Alibaba have been taken to court for allegedly allowing the sale of a fake fire-extinguishing ball, reports .
Fake goods are a huge problem in China: 태국여행 The found the country to be the largest exporter of counterfeit goods. Over 60 percent of the world’s fake goods come from China, the Organisation says. Alibaba has long been accused of housing counterfeiters, but Ma claimed last month the company is also a victim of fake goods.
Elide Fire Ball Pro, the Thai manufacturer and vendor of the patented Elide Fire Ball that brought Alibaba to court, says Alibaba and 태국여행 AliExpress of its fire extinguisher.
The company says this product doesn’t actually extinguish fires, 태국여행 which hurts the reputation of the Elide Fire Ball Pro. It estimates damages at almost 3 billion baht (around $86 million).
“We have not been served with the complaint and decline to comment further at this time,” added the spokesman.
Updated at April 6, 12:55 a.m. PT: Added response from Alibaba.
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