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Court gives wide scope to seize goods in transit

James Nurton, London


Ruling today in cases involving Nokia and Philips, the Court of Justice of the EU has clarified that Customs authorities can detain goods in transit, even where they are not explicitly offered for sale in the EU

The EU Customs Regulation allows Customs authorities in member states to suspend goods that are suspected of infringing IP rights in the EU. But these two cases raised questions about whether goods in transit between two non-EU member states can...


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