The European Model Of Customs Detention

Law360, New York (January 25, 2010, 1:52 PM EST) -- Companies the world over, faced with an unrelenting stream of counterfeit and other unauthorized goods, need effective ways to protect their trademark and patent assets before the goods reach the consumer market.

In one notable tactic, international companies — including manufacturers and retailers — are taking advantage of a European tool called customs detention to stop infringing goods from entering the European Union, one of the world’s biggest markets.

Customs detention provides a method of blocking suspect goods at the border of EU countries without a...
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