Holders of copyright, patents,
registered trade marks and other IP rights in the Czech Republic
now have a duty to co-operate with customs authorities, under a
recent amendment to the Act on Consumer Protection.
Whenever customs authorities seize
goods during an inspection which they suspect to be in breach of IP
rights, the holder of the IP right must comment on the genuineness
of the goods within 15 business days where so requested by the
customs authorities or face a fine of up to CZK 50 million (c. EUR
Law: Act on Consumer Protection
No. 634/1992 Coll
For more information on the
interpretation and possible application of this regulation, please
contact Jaroslav Tajbr at Jaroslav.Tajbr@cms-cmck.com
or on +420 296 798 864.