NetEase has filed an RMB 10 million lawsuit against Alibaba’s Tmall for unfair competition, local media has reported (in Chinese). In the filing, the Chinese tech conglomerate accused Tmall of using Netease’s product search engine’s brand and product names as keywords to intentionally confuse and misguide users on 360 Search (360搜索).

Huihui (惠惠网), NetEase’s product search engine, offers advertising solutions for B2C and C2C partners. Huihui Shopping Assistant (惠惠购物助手) is a price comparison software that automatically compares prices when users browse e-commerce sites. As of November 2016, Huihui Shopping Assistant garnered over 100 million users.

NetEase said they discovered last year when entering search terms like “Huihui,” “Huihui Assistant,” or “Huihui shopping assistant,” the search results that popped up were all Tmall related results and none were about Huihui’s products. All results were linked to Tmall’s web pages.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.