European Commission’s Annual Report on EU Custom’s enforcement of IPR’s

The European Commissioner Šemeta, responsible for Taxation, Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud, presented the European Commission’s annual report on EU Custom’s enforcement of IPRs according to the report, EU Customs seized over 103 million products suspected of violating IPRs at the EU's external borders. The number of shipments stopped by customs almost doubled compared to 2009, rising to almost 80,000 in 2010 and the value of the goods detained is estimated at over € 1 billion. Detention of goods via postal traffic has increased by 82% in 2010 compared to 2009. Cases concerned mainly clothing, shoes and electrical goods.

In 90% of the cases of detentions by customs, the goods were either destroyed after the holder of the goods and the right-holder agreed on destruction, or the right-holder initiated a court case to establish an IPR infringement.