Azerbaijan Approves Rules for Entrance of IPR into Customs Register

Jan 31 2013 - 11:02

For the purpose of preventing intellectual property rights infringement in the course of import or export of goods, the Azerbaijani government has recently approved the rules for the entrance of protected intellectual property rights into the customs register.

To ensure the IPR protection, the rights holders need to submit to the Azerbaijani State Customs Committee, in paper or electronic form, an application for the inclusion of a protected IP right into the register.

The application should include information about the rights holder, the proof of existence of the IP right, a description of the original goods, as well as information on how to identify pirated and counterfeit copies of the goods. The rights holder may also submit a sample of a genuine and pirated/counterfeit copy of the goods along with the application.

The register contains information on the goods, the rights holders and the registration confirmation submitted by the Committee to the customs authorities.

The Committee has one month from the date the application is submitted, to review the application and decide whether or not to enter the protected IP right into the register.

The term of registration can be up to five years and it can be extended upon the Committee’s approval.

The applicant is to be held liable for any damages incurred in the procedure, in case it turns out that the seized goods are not counterfeit.

Prepared by: Aleksandra Pavlovic

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Source: Azerbaijani news portals ABC and Trend

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