The spectacular increase in copyright piracy, brand counterfeiting, and passing-off of trademarks and other IP rights of late has had calamitous market repercussions and has forced companies to expend ever more resources on fighting this scourge by all legal means at their disposal.
The first preventive measure is to keep infringing merchandise from gaining entry to the territory of Spain through the European Union's foreign borders. ELZABURU handles both national and EU-wide applications for Customs protection for IP rights, and we were the first Spanish firm to seek Customs action in the Community as a whole.
Once goods have entered Spain, or are manufactured in Spain, active involvement by the police is called for. The special circumstances surrounding these activities mean that we have to coordinate rapid action by police units specializing in these types of criminal offences to arrange for raids and seizure of counterfeit goods.
We have designed anticounterfeiting programmes that can be scaled to the budgetary needs of each client to ensure a comprehensive and consistent approach to combating this activity.
ELZABURU's anticounterfeiting team works in close cooperation with Customs, the police, prosecutors, and the courts and has extensive experience in uncovering counterfeiting, gathering criminal evidence, and then bringing criminal proceedings with a view to obtaining convictions and damages.
- Customs measures against importation of counterfeit/pirated goods, both nationally in Spain and Community-wide covering the entire European Union.
- Market surveillance.Investigations into the import, manufacture, and distribution of counterfeit/pirated goods.
- Surveillance/investigations on Internet sales of counterfeit/pirated goods.
- Defending the right to dignity, privacy, and one's own likeness in criminal proceedings.
- Defending trade secrets in criminal proceedings.
- Filing complaints and liaising with the police and the courts to arrange and carry out raids.Intervening as a private prosecution or defense in criminal proceedings in counterfeiting/piracy matters.
- Negotiating out-of-court settlements.
- Designing customized counterfeiting/piracy programmes.
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Increase in number of counterfeit goods seized by customs authorities in the EU in 2015
On 23 September, the European Commission published its report on the results of the border measures against infringement of industrial and intellectual property rights in 2015.
Recent creation of EUROPOL's Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC3)
On 12 July 2016 EUROPOL’s headquarters in The Hague witnessed the launch of the Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC3).
The economic impact of the global trade in counterfeit goods
Associate-partner, Juan José Caselles, discusses the recently published OECD/EUIPO report on counterfeit goods.
Limitations on banking secrecy in the investigation of online sales of products bearing counterfeiting trademarks. Judgment of the Court of Justice of 16 July 2015, Coty Germany (C-580/13)
Commentary of the Davidoff Hot Water case in connection with online sales of pirated goods.