Counterfeit and Piracy
The piracy and counterfeiting of products are serious crimes which affect the economy, fair competition and the labour market. The European Union has responded to the global increase in infringements: Austrian customs officials now have the legal option of withdrawing counterfeit products from circulation as early as possible. Companies can also apply for customs action under the border detention procedure.
Point of contact
To counter the problem described above and, accordingly, to create a broader and improved basis for enforcing intellectual property rights, customs authorities have been obligated to combat product piracy by the “Agreement on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights” (TRIPS Agreement) which was negotiated by the WTO.
Protection of right-holders
Companies holding trademark, patent, copyright or other intellectual property rights in products may, as right-holders, make applications for customs action. Please note that registration of product rights takes place through the respective patent authorities.
Product piracy or product counterfeiting means the copying or forgery of products, i.e. the systematic infringement of trademark rights, patent rights, copyrights and other industrial property rights and the illegal use thereof. In recent years, there has been a huge surge in these crimes at a global scale. In many countries, entire industry branches are concerned only with making cheap copies.