What happens when Customs seizes goods violating Copyrights or Trade Marks?
26/05/16 at 10:19 am
In the case where an Intellectual Property (IP) rights holder (objector) lodges a Notice of Objection, Customs will seize any goods that infringes a copyright or a registered trade mark. Both the importer and the rights holder will be notified of the seizure. Under section 15 of the Customs Act, 1969, import of such goods are prohibited.
Unless the rights holder commences legal proceedings with the Court, Customs will conduct proceedings under section 156(1) (9) of the Customs Act.
[This is for informational purposes only. In case of contradiction of conflict with relevant Act/Rules, provisions mentioned
or referred to in the said Act/Rules shall prevail.]