4 questions about customs seizures you definitely need answered

von Dr. Meyer-Dulheuer & Partners LLP

Product and brand piracy, also known as counterfeiting, are a serious problem for innovative companies exhibiting and selling in the EU. To protect your revenues on the European market and to shield your business against counterfeiting, you should consider applying for customs seizures. They are a proven method to get a hold of these people who steal your ideas and use them to make business in the EU and in Germany. Now let us give you the answers to some really important questions around border seizures to make sure you can better protect your products and ideas.

1. What exactly are customs seizures?

Customs seizures are a method to fight patent, trademark and design infringing products at an early stage. This method is applicable when IP-infringing products from non-EU countries shall be imported into the EU and the owner wants to sell them or exhibit them at the fair. At the borders European, respectively German customs take action and retain goods which they suspect of infringing registered IP rights. Then they tell the rights holder about the discovery and define a certain time period in which your company can take action against the potential product or brand pirates.

Customs seizures also apply for products which are meant for export or reimportation into the EU or to Germany.

2. How are customs seizures carried out?

During an inspection customs pick up suspicious goods. Then the rights holder

  1. is notified by customs that suspicious goods have been retained ...
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