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Customs authority actions

The Netherlands and Belgium, as the “gateway to Europe”, are two of the most important transit countries for goods from around the world. Imitation and illegal copying often cross the borders and parallel import and other forms of infringement occur.

The customs authorities can seize imitation goods or goods obtained through piracy at the European Union border in order to give the holder of a trademark, design or patent the opportunity to take legal action against this. The customs authorities may take action at their own initiative (automatically), but also on request. The latter option in particular is an effective weapon against infringement of intellectual property rights. We submit requests of this type for many of our clients.

The submission of one request to take action allows the customs authorities to distinguish more easily between the original products and the imitation products. In addition, they will be more aware of the importation of imitation products. We have excellent contacts with the Dutch and Belgian customs authorities. We note that the customs authorities are proactive and intercept increasing quantities of imitation goods from outside the EU. Arnold + Siedsma is experienced in the submission of requests of this type for action, but also has experience in taking fast and targeted actions to destroy imitation products.

The orders issued by the customs authorities to take action are valid for a maximum of one year, unless the registered intellectual property right expires earlier. Arnold + Siedsma relieves you of the concern of customs authority requests and the performance and follow-up of the actions required, and ensures that your customs authority request is renewed in a timely manner.

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