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 Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to seize and destroy counterfeit goods; and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 deals with the recovery of the proceeds of crime through the criminal courts, as well as civil recovery.

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