EU IPR Customs Seizures Spiked In 2010: Report

Law360, New York (July 14, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT) -- European Union customs officials seized an estimated €1 billion ($1.4 billion) worth of suspected counterfeit cigarettes, clothing, medicine and other items in 2010 after seeing nearly twice as many border cases than the year before, according to a report released Thursday.

Inspectors stopped more than 103 million products headed across EU borders based on concerns that they might violate intellectual property rights, the EU said in its annual IPR customs enforcement report for 2010.

The bloc recorded nearly 80,000 intercepted shipments last year, a massive increase...
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