Product Piracy

Pursuant to an EU-wide regulation and the Austrian Product Piracy Act the import, export or transit of counterfeited goods and unauthorized reproductions or imitations may be stopped by the customs authorities of any country of the European Union, which gives the owner of an intellectual property right (except utility models) or copy right or a third party entitled to use that right or an entrepreneur claiming protection under the law against unfair competition, respectively, the chance to bring the case to court (petition for injunction, action).

To this end a petition to the customs authorities containing all the required data and information of identification has to be filed. In the course of the seizure the customs authorities then inform a person and/or domestic expert appointed by the petitioner.

Both functions fall under a patent attorney's sphere of activities.


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