• Service: Tax, Global Indirect Tax
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 1/9/2014

EU - Requesting IPR protection at customs borders 

January 9: The European Commission has prepared a manual with guidelines explaining how holders of intellectual property rights (IPRs) can file applications for customs departments to protect the rights at customs borders.

As explained in an EC release, customs administrations within the European Union are involved in enforcing IPRs at the EU borders and, to be effective, need the active engagement of the right-holders themselves.

With such cooperation and information provided by right-holders, EU customs officials may identify more easily goods suspected of infringing IPRs and take the necessary action.

A right-holder can defend its rights by asking customs to detain goods found to be suspected of infringing IPR, by filing an application for action with the appropriate customs department.

The EC manual [PDF 1.16 MB] explains the procedure for submitting an application for action or a request for extension of the period during which customs authorities are to take action.

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