The European Commission has a new webpage concerning how IPR holders can protect their rights by asking customs to detain goods found to be suspected of infringing IPR. Customs are in fact easy and efficient tools to identify and stop infringements.

As explained by the Commission, in case you suspect that some goods are infringing your IPR (a trade mark, for example) you can lodge “an application for action with the competent national customs authorities requesting them to take action. The request for assistance is national. However, requests for assistance deposited within the framework of certain "Community rights", when deposited in one of the EU Member States, may be granted the same legal status throughout all Member States.”

In order to make the application you should use the available forms.

For further information, please click here.

Source: ipr-helpdesk.org.