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Consultation on reforming laws against counterfeiting

The sale of counterfeit goods continues to increase in Switzerland, currently the fourth country which is the most affected by counterfeiting. It consists mainly in the importation of fake goods which are purchased through e-commerce and originating from Asia. Earlier this year, the Federal Council opened a consultation on the introduction of a simplified procedure for the destruction of suspect consignments by FCA (Federal Customs Administration). It is proposed that for small consignments, the owner of the intellectual property rights is informed only where the buyer objects to the destruction. This less administrative burden would save FCA’s time to intercept more counterfeit goods. The consultation procedure will end on 30 April 2020. If the opinions collected are favorable, the new procedure will get reflected in the legislation.

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