The Alibaba Group announced it has hired former general counsel of the U.S. Trade Representative Office (USTR), James Mendenhall, to aid its discussions with the U.S. government and industry groups over intellectual property rights protection.

Alibaba is currently appealing to the U.S. Government to remove the company’s B2C e-commerce platform, Taobao, from the U.S.’s list of “notorious markets” for piracy. Over 30 online and physical markets worldwide were identified in a report released by the USTR in December 2011.

Alibaba is also in talks with U.S. industry groups such as the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America regarding intellectual property rights protection.

Courtesy: Business Strategies Group Hong Kong