Practical approaches to strengthen customs coalition against illicit IP rights trade

The fight against goods that infringe IP rights has been on the agenda of the World Customs Organization (WCO) for a long time. Awareness of the need for action resulted in the establishment of guidelines in this field that included the first model IP rights legislation developed as early as 1988. Consequently, customs authorities have always been at the forefront of the fight against illegal IP rights trade, making 90% of all seizures of counterfeited goods in Europe and more than 70% worldwide.

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