Customs Enforcement of IPR
News    ·   10-01-2014

AUTHOR: Sharon Azzopardi

The new regulation concerning customs enforcement of intellectual property rights (608/2013) (the “New Regulation”) came in force on 1 January 2014. The New Regulation extends the powers of customs authorities to detain counterfeit or pirated goods at EU borders. The most significant changes (from the repealed Counterfeit Goods Regulation (1383/2003/EC)) include an extension of the range of intellectual property rights which are afforded protection to include unregistered trade, topographies of semiconductor products, utility models, and devices for the purpose of enabling or facilitating the circumvention of technical measures; the introduction of new rules concerning small consignments; and, making the simplified procedure for the detention and destruction of counterfeit goods compulsory for all EU Member States.

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