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Archived updates for Wednesday, February 16, 2005

EU-Wide Import Exclusions Available

Preventing counterfeit or pirated goods from entering the EU can be much more efficient than trying to stop distribution once the goods enter the EU. According to a February 3, 2005 artcile by Isabel Davies, a Community application can be made to one Customs Authority with a request that the application covers any or all of the 25 Member States of the EU. Once the Community application is granted, a copy of the decision with the supporting information and any necessary translation is sent to the other nominated Member States. Granted applications are valid for one year and renewable annually by simply providing updated information regarding any new intellectual property rights which may have been obtained.
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