Options for the seizure of infringing goods


Ermioni Pavlidou

Once the Cyprus Department of Customs and Excise Duties (CCED) becomes aware of any suspicious goods that could result in infringement of an IP right, it will suspend the release of the goods and detain them for three working days.

It will also contact the rights holder with a sample of the infringing goods, notify it of the number of items held and their nature, and inform it that it can submit an application for action within three working days.

Application for action

If the rights holder submits an application for action within that period, it may then decide either to apply to the court within 10 working days of submitting the application for action, or to follow the simplified procedure provided in Article 11 of EU Regulation 1383/2003.

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