As counterfeiters become ever more sophisticated in their attempts to circumvent the reach of law enforcement authorities, Saudi Arabia is at the forefront of efforts to tackle them. WIPR talks to His Excellency Mr Saleh M S AlKhaliwi, director general of Saudi Customs.
What are the main responsibilities of Saudi Customs in terms of IP?
The main responsibilities of Saudi Customs in this field are to prevent entry of items violating any IP right as well as to detain, seize and destroy the fake and counterfeit goods. In addition, the violating importer is fined.
Saudi Customs, upon its own initiative, prevents entry of items violating any IP right whether trademark or copyright when an explicit violation is noticed in imported goods. In addition, the owner of the goods or his agent has the right to get an administrative or judicial order to apply preventive detention on consignments under clearance within the customs zone that are suspected of breaching IP rights. If the violation is established, the goods are seized and destroyed. The violator is also fined.
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IP enforcement, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Customs, border regulation, anticounterfeiting