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Analysis: Nokia opinion gives hope to brand owners

James Nurton, London

The Advocate General’s opinion in the Nokia transhipment case could make it easier for brand owners to persuade Customs authorities to make seizures, trade mark lawyers have told Managing IP

In yesterday's opinion, Advocate General Cruz Villalón said that, for Customs to seize goods in transit they must at least have "the beginnings of proof" that the goods may infringe an IP right.

In particular, where in-transit goods are concerned,...

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