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Counterfeit, piracy and other IPR violations

A serious problem for everyone

Infringements of intellectual property rights are a widespread and worrying phenomenon calling for engagement from all sides.


The role of customs

As the supervisor of trade flows of goods entering the EU market, customs play a key role in enforcing intellectual property rights.


Legislation

The EU has put in place a strong legal framework for the enforcement of intellectual property rights at the external border.


EU Customs Action Plan

The customs authorities of the EU Member States are in the front line in preventing IPR infringing goods from entering the EU market.


International cooperation

International cooperation is an essential component of the EU's strategy for the effective enforcement of intellectual property rights.


Defend your rights

Customs action on IPR infringement depends on right-holders lodging an application for action.



Facts and figures

Every year, the European Commission publishes a report on the detentions by customs of articles suspected of infringing intellectual property rights.