We are pleased to send you the “Legal Information” newsletter no. 1/2023.
Greater efficiency in the fight against counterfeiting
Fake products are to be easier to destroy in future. At its meeting on 26 April, the Federal Council noted the outcome of the consultation procedure and submitted the dispatch and the draft of the Federal Act on the Introduction of a Simplified Procedure for Destroying Small Consignments in Intellectual Property Law to Parliament.
When rights holders apply for customs assistance in future, they will be able to ask for goods to be destroyed under either the current or the simplified procedure. The latter will allow counterfeits in small consignments to be destroyed more simply if the person who ordered the goods does not object to their destruction.
The IPI is to be responsible for both procedures. The Federal Office for Customs and Border Security (FOCBS) will send us the detained imitation products. We will then carry out the next steps of the procedure up to the destruction of the goods. This will lighten the workload of the FOCBS and give it more time for customs controls.
Federal Council media release
Further information on our website
Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
Felix Addor, Deputy Director General