Alibaba has teamed up with Israeli-based QR technology company Visualead to release a “new standard” of dotless visual codes for packaging, aiming to crack down on counterfeit products, said Visualead today.

The announcement comes three days after luxury goods company Kering Group submitted its second lawsuit against Alibaba, claiming that the e-commerce giant was not doing enough to stop the sale of counterfeit products on its platform. Visualead currently works with Kering subsidiary Yves Saint Laurent in China, as well as YSL licence-partner L’Oreal.

Visualead-partner brands including L’Oreal and Ferrero Rocher are already being sold in China with the new codes on their packaging as part of Alibaba’s new Blue Star platform, which focuses on product engagement and anti-counterfeiting.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com