Policing parallel imports around the world

Brand owners often identify parallel imports as one of the key commercial issues facing their business. The treatment of parallel imports (also known as ‘grey-market’ goods) varies considerably between jurisdictions, which means that implementing a global strategy to tackle this issue is often difficult. However, in many cases rights holders can protect against unauthorised parallel imports through national or regional exhaustion principles, or on the basis of legitimate concerns regarding the quality or treatment of parallel imported products.

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