Briefing on Workshop on IPR Border Enforcement Measures in Ankara (14-15 April) under Activity 3

Briefing on Workshop on IPR Border Enforcement Measures in Ankara (14-15 April) under Activity 3

A workshop on IPR Border Enforcement Measures was conducted in Ankara at the General Directorate of Customs on April 14-15th. The workshop aimed at proposing and explaining a balanced legal text to the Turkish Customs Administration as a draft for the future amendments of the current legal Customs IPR enforcement legal framework.

The workshop was a valuable opportunity to explain more in details the main gaps of the Turkish regulation on Customs actions related to goods suspected of infringing IPR.  A presentation of Dr. Ioannis Kikkis, IP EPLC expert, focused at some guidelines for legal drafting and more concretely on the structure and the content of the draft provisions of Turkish Customs code and implementing regulation related to IPR Border Enforcement. It was followed by a presentation of Mr. Luciano Calaciura, Customs Officer at Italian Customs Agency about the ordinary and ex-officio procedures, the submission of applications, the decision-making process and aspects as the use and misuse of the information received by the holder of the decision.

The presentations gave the opportunity to the speakers as well as to Mr. Vittorio Ragonesi, judge at the Court of Cassation of Italy, to highlight duly issues related to the persons entitled to submit applications and initiate proceedings and to refer to case law on trade marks and well known trademarks.

The second day of the workshop Mrs. Lula Apostolou, Head of Anti-Smuggling and Legal Support Unit, Directorate of Strategy of Customs Controls and Offenses, Hellenic Directorate of Customs and Excise Duties explained in detail the organizational structure and missions of the Hellenic Customs Administration with special emphasis on the results from the recent customs activities related to IPR infringements in Greece. Mrs. Sofia Lampousaki, Customs Officer at the same department, presented in detail the simplified procedure for destruction of goods delivered in small consignments according to the article 26 of the EU regulation 608/2013 and its implementation in Greece. This presentation was preceded by a detailed presentation of the general simplified procedure for destruction in accordance with articles 23, 25 and 29 of the EU Regulation 608/2013 by Mrs. Vassiliki Barki, Customs Officer at the same department. The workshop was concluded with a presentation during the afternoon session by Mrs. Barki on the EU information database “COPIS”. The second part of her presentation on the various instruments for the exchange of information and joint customs operations between EU MS and third countries raised high interest from the participants. In the final discussion many of the above issues were clarified and views were exchanged between the Turkish, Greek and Italian homologues.