Friday, 19 March 2010

Paraguay: The Customs Department created a trade mark Registry

The National Directorate of Customs (DNA in Spanish), in order to combat piracy and facilitate foreign trade, has set up a register of marks. On 25 February 2010, the DNA has issued Resolution No 130 which regulates customs procedures in cases of entry into the country of suspected counterfeit products.

Trade marks owners must register their marks at the DNA - not registration fees involved. That said, upon suspicion of products (counterfeits), automatic alerts will be delivered to legal representatives of the affected trade marks, so that they can take action.

This is, in my view, a transparent exchange of information between the DNA and the trade marks owners. The measure, according to the DNA, also deletes the improper withholding of imported goods.

For more info click here and here.

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