Alibaba Hires Former U.S. Trade Rep Attorney

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said it has retained the former general counsel of the U.S. Trade Representative to represent and work with the company on its intellectual-property-rights program. Alibaba, which is working to remove one of its units from the U.S. agency's list of markets offering products that allegedly infringe on intellectual property rights, said James Mendenhall will help it implement "new and innovative approaches" to protecting these rights.