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24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Russia

The continuing economic crisis and the drop in disposable income have motivated Russians to seek cheaper alternatives for consumer goods. This has led to an increase in the circulation of counterfeit goods.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Customs has an internal IP rights unit which provides a database to facilitate enforcement against counterfeit goods. It is possible to formally request customs surveillance to safeguard against counterfeiting and trademark infringement.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: United Arab Emirates

For many years, the United Arab Emirates has had one of the most active anti-counterfeiting regimes in the Middle East and Africa.

24 May 2018

Role of property owners and governments in mitigating trade in counterfeits

While there are several initiatives in place to assist landlords in fighting counterfeiting, a great deal more can and must be done by landlords, governments, enforcement agencies and rights holders in transforming these efforts into a comprehensive and collective response to this massive problem.

24 May 2018

Border seizure measures in the European Union

The European Union is a highly attractive business market – and a prime target for counterfeiters. The EU Customs Regulation is the most cost-efficient and strongest tool to fight counterfeiting, given the investigative powers of customs authorities throughout the European Union.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Romania

Romania joined the European Union on January 1 2007. Consequently, the Romanian customs authorities’ responsibility to protect the external border of the European Union increased considerably.

24 May 2018

Fast fashion and IP regulation: will fast fashion kill the golden goose?

Compared to other forms of artistic expression – such as literature, music, films and theatrical works – fashion designs are left with limited IP rights and protection.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: India

The Trademarks Act is the principal legislation governing trademarks in India. The act provides both civil and criminal statutory remedies against the infringement of a registered trademark.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Israel

According to the Customs Ordinance, Customs is entitled to detain imported goods that are suspected of infringing trademarks. It is possible, although not mandatory, for rights holders to file a complaint while recording their registered trademarks with Customs.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Nigeria

Nigeria has no specific anti-counterfeiting law – at least, not a broad one that covers all types of goods and all species of anti-counterfeiting. Hence, the fight against counterfeits involves the creative application of the various laws that affect rights holders in one way or another.

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Panama

Customs authorities are empowered to inspect and seize merchandise that is subject to customs procedures and which may violate Panama’s IP laws, regardless of its final destination. This means that even in-transit goods can be inspected and seized.

13 March 2018

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Chile

Two frameworks are applicable to pharmaceutical marks in Chile. The Industrial Property Law and its regulation set out the rules for the registration and use of trademarks; the Sanitary Code and Decree 3/2010 regulate the pharmaceutical product marketing authorisation procedure.

13 March 2018

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Romania

In Romania, pharmaceutical trademarks are governed by the same national legislation and relevant EU directives and regulations as other trademarks. However, when selecting trademarks to register, and in contentious matters, some specific elements must be taken into account.

13 March 2018

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Switzerland

Swiss law includes no specific provisions on international non-proprietary names (INNs). INNs are considered to be generic terms if they stand alone and thus cannot be registered as trademarks.