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Customs Measures

Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Croatia – Customs Administration

Customs measures for the enforcement of intellectual property rights are initiated ex officio or on the basis of requests by rights holders. They are enforced in compliance with the Regulation (EU) No. 608/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 concerning customs enforcement of intellectual property rights, with the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 1352/2013 of 4 December 2013 establishing the forms provided for in Regulation No. 608/2013, with the Act on the Enforcement of Customs Regulations of the European Union (NN 54/2013) and other relevant regulations. Customs institutions shall temporarily seize the goods suspected to be infringing certain intellectual property rights and they shall remain under customs control all until the procedure has been completed. In this way, a right holder or its legal representative is given a possibility to examine the goods, to exclude samples and to conduct investigation if an infringement is committed in a particular case. A right holder can request the goods infringing his intellectual property right to be destroyed or he can initiate appropriate court proceedings for the protection of his intellectual property rights.