Commission's annual report on customs actions to enforce IPR
The Commission's annual report on customs actions to enforce IPR in 2011 was published and clearly shows the crucial role that the EU Customs plays in stopping products which violate intellectual property rights (IPR).
The EU Customs detained almost 115 million products suspected of violating IPR, number that has increased by 15% when compared to 2010. The top categories of articles stopped by customs were medicines (24%), packaging material (21%) and cigarettes (18%). The main origin of products is China, as already happened last year, accounting for 73% of all IPR infringing articles.
The protection of IPR is therefore essential for the consumer’s health and safety, as certain counterfeited products are produced in an unregulated environment and can pose a serious threat to citizens.
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Graphic - Number of registered cases and articles seized