The phenomenon of counterfeiting trademarks takes place on a global scale and is a serious economic problem. Products of popular and renowned brands almost always fall victim to counterfeiting. Interpol and EUIPO reports show that the production and distribution of fake goods not only preys on the success of legal companies, but is also an element of organized crime and sometimes involves modern-day slavery. Fake goods are characterized by low quality. They often pose a danger to consumers’ health. Medication, cosmetics, electronic devices, car parts, spectacles, or footwear made without regard to established norms and standards and made of unknown materials pose a real threat.
The fight against counterfeiting is most effective when it is carried out by the concerned companies themselves, preventing the introduction of counterfeits to the market, for example by border control. Having a counterfeiting prevention strategy in place and using it in a consistent manner not only helps to minimize financial losses, but also builds consumer trust.
Therefore protection of goods at the border is another element of an effective IP rights protection strategy. This kind of activity is commendable also because it helps businesses protect themselves at a relatively low cost (in Poland, in selected EU countries, or on the entire territory of the EU) and to protect all those to whom the goods are addressed.
Our team of experts provides companies with effective support in this area. We cooperate broadly with the Polish customs administration and with our international partners, which allows us to work globally and successfully identify and eliminate counterfeiters.
- drawing up a strategy of protection against intellectual property counterfeiting, customized to our clients’ business
- preparing and filing applications with the Customs Chamber for protection of intellectual property rights at the border
- drawing up and filing applications for renewing intellectual protection rights at the border
- ongoing cooperation with the Customs Chamber in matters related to protection of intellectual property rights
- preparing warning letters to parties involved in counterfeiting (e.g. producers, distributors, and importers)
- conducting settlement negotiations and mediation
- drawing up and filing applications for the destruction of counterfeit goods
- conducting lawsuits and criminal cases regarding the infringement of intellectual and industrial property rights before judicial courts and the Supreme Court