IP and Media Update - April 2016
Published 11 April 2016
We are now well into the new year and the festive season seems a distant memory, but with an influx of infringing goods arriving into the country in December there are still a number of on-going issues for many manufacturers.
Importation of infringing goods is not a new concept but as illegal importers get savvier we are being called upon more frequently to assist in the protection of our clients' intellectual property rights. What a number of companies are not aware of is that in relation to goods which are not in free circulation in the EU already, there are a number of steps that can be taken in advance of the arrival of infringing shipments to strengthen their position when an attempted importation is suspected. This article gives an overview of the protective provisions available and the advance steps that can be taken to protect intellectual property. These provisions do not apply to grey/parallel imports.