United Kingdom

The primary anti-counterfeiting legislation in the United Kingdom is set out in trademark and customs legislation. The Trademarks Act 1994 contains both civil and criminal penalties for trademark infringement; the EU Customs Regulation (1383/2003), enacted into UK law by the Goods Infringing IP Rights (Customs) Regulations 2004, allows HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to seize and destroy counterfeit goods; and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 deals with the recovery of the proceeds of crime from convicted persons through the criminal courts, as well as civil recovery. Further criminal offences exist in relation to pirated goods which infringe copyright or design rights.


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