85 percent of all products seized at EU border originate from China

85 percent?!. If only the other IP infringing countries could sue Chinafor anti-competitive behaviour… For the statistically inclined, Commisioner Algirdas Šemeta, responsible for customs of the European Union, shared some results about the seizures at the EU border. According to the Lithuanian: –  “Overal, China continued to be the main source country from where goods suspected of infringing […]

Trends Counterfeit Trademarks/Infringed Patents From China: Smaller Scale, Bigger Risks

Two trends can be abstracted from the 2010 report of the Austrian Federal Finance Ministry to the National Council about the application of Council Regulation (EC) 1383/2003 of July, 22 2003, concerning customs action against goods suspected of infringing certain intellectual property rights and measures against goods found to have infringed such rights. According to the report these […]

Global Review Counterfeit and Piracy 2008: “Production Infringing Goods Is Still Increasing”

The World Customs Organization (WCO) has launched its annual report for 2008, read the Global Review on Counterfeit and Piracy here. Kunio Mikuriya, secretary general of WCO wrote: “The results reported by Members during 2008 for combating counterfeiting and piracy are the best ever published. While we can commend the exemplary work doneby Customs administrations […]

EU Customs Report 2008 About IPR Enforcement Activities not IPR Infringements from China

Yesterday the European Commission Directorate-General Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD) published the ‘Report on EU Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights. Results at the European Border 2008’. On page 9 we find a crucial alinea, which disclaims the scope the report: “Although the overall amount of IPR infringing goods entering or leaving the EU […]

81.5 percent of Counterfeit Products in Japan originates from China

The Japan Times is running (and probably translated) Kyodo News’ article which is quoting Japan’s Finance Ministry saying that 81.5 percent of counterfeit products come from China. Japan’s 9 customs houses handled 26,415 cases of fake imported goods in 2008, up 16.6 percent from 2007 and the seventh consecutive record; Cases linked to China (excluding […]

US Customs Seizure Statistics 2008: “China number one, India number two and Hong Kong number three counterfeit producer”

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and U.S. Customs Enforcement divisions of Homeland Security gives some statistics about the numbers, characteristics and origins of counterfeit goods seized in the U.S. in 2008.IPR seizures of goods from China rose 40 % by value in 2008. Footwear from China accounts for almost 96% of all […]

Comparison Between The IPR in China Relevant Provisions Of the Foreign Trade Law 2004 and 1994

I have just added links to the Foreign Trade Law of the People’s Republic of China 1994 and 2004 on IP Dragon’s blogroll ( under “IPR in China Laws and Regulations”). The IPR relevant article 6 Foreign Trade Law 1994 is almost identical to article 6 Foreign Trade Law 2004 (most favoured nation treatment and […]

First Coordinated EU Customs Campaign Catches 34 Million Counterfeit Medicines

Reuters reports that the customs officials of the 27 EU members worked together to intercept counterfeit antibiotics, anti-cancer, anti-malaria and anti-cholesterol medicines, painkillers and Viagra. “The main countries of origin for the illegal products were China, India and Pakistan, a [European] Commission official said.“ Read the Reuters article here.

Who Won The IPR Dispute At The WTO Between China and the US?

Remember April 10, 2007, when the US brought claims against China at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for allegedly violating the TRIPs Agreement because of unsufficient IPR enforcement (DS 362) and lack of market access (DS 363)? Read here. Mr Jonathan Lynn reports about DS 362 for Reuters that sources at the WTO have said […]

How to Prevent and Act Upon Intellectual Property Rights Infringements in China

I wrote an article for Duncan Bucknell Company, the Australian company specialised in Global IP Strategy about how to protect and enforce your IPR in China. Read it on the site of Duncan Bucknell Company or below: By Danny Friedmann Intellectual property infringements in China are prevalent and a challenge for every company in every […]

Mr László Kovács: “Customs in 2008, a real test for EU-China trade relations”

Mr Lászlo Kovács, European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union wrote an interesting article to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Customs Union. Is there something to celebrate you might ask yourself? Well at least the Commissioner is belligerent to fight counterfeit and pirated products: “The growing trend in counterfeiting in some health-threatening sectors like […]

China and EU Customs Unveiled Plans to Share Information

The EU and China unveiled plans for an intelligence network to share information among ports to crackdown on counterfeiting. Source WIPO Magazine (February 2008, no.1). “Despite the increased efforts of the Chinese authorities to crackdown on counterfeiting, EU Customs Commissioner Laszlo Kovacs said that China is currently the main source of counterfeit goods seized in […]

Customs Auction Notice To Prevent Infringing Goods Reentering Channels of Commerce

Just before the US made two formal complaints against China at the WTO on April 10, 2007 (the WTO cases are: China – Measures affecting the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, Request for Consultations by the United States, WT/DS362/1 and China – Measures Affecting Trading Rights and Distribution Services for Certain Publications and […]

Guyana’s Court Granted Injunction Against Alleged Counterfeit Lux Soaps from Guangdong

Stabroek News of Guyana reports in a very detailled way about how Unilever sought and was granted judicial relief via its law firm Cameron & Shepherd against an importer of a container of alleged counterfeit soap marked Lux from a port in Guangdong using the customs enforcement route. Read this excellent article here.

The Fifty Days Time-limit in China’s Customs Regulations Is Compliant With Article 55 TRIPs

Article 55 TRIPs [1] is the border protection equivalent of article 50 (6) TRIPs. Article 55 TRIPs states that after 10 days the goods in detention shall be released if the applicant was noticed of the suspension and the customs have not been informed that another party than the defendant, has been initiating proceedings leading […]

Jail Time For Exporters Of Phones That Are Genuine Inside, Counterfeited Outside

Interfax China reports about four people that were found guilty in October by a people’s court in Guangzhou of infringing trademark rights because they were exporting counterfeit phones. Zhang and Xu were sentenced to nine months and two persons both named Lin were sentenced eight months in prison The inside of the phones consisted out […]