We would like to ensure that you are still receiving content that you find useful – please confirm that you would like to continue to receive ILO newsletters.
26 April 2021
Given trademarks' undeniable importance to their owners, investments to protect them are understandable. Any damage to a trademark's image could ruin a reputation built over several years.
There are several ways in which trademarks can lose their power, the most malicious of which is unauthorised use by third parties, known as 'piracy'. Fighting piracy is challenging and requires significant effort from trademark owners. Various phases are involved, including:
Fighting piracy requires integrated actions. It is impossible to measure the importance of each step individually.
Professionals who dedicate themselves to fighting piracy must face numerous difficulties, including:
Once parties have identified counterfeit products and the violators and chosen an appropriate legal strategy, they must prevent the products from getting into the hands of consumers.
In this regard, parties should identify the amount and location of the counterfeit products and establish whether they are in a public place (eg, a store, shopping mall or street market) or a private place (eg, a factory or warehouse). Parties should also analyse the locations' surroundings, either in person or using satellite images, to estimate the size of the location and the estimated amount of counterfeit products.
Based on this information, parties should define how many people will participate in the operation to recover the products. There must be sufficient manpower to separate and transport the goods. Once the goods are located and the seizure effected, the goods should be removed as quickly as possible. Therefore, parties should ensure that a transport vehicle is ready nearby. Parties should also establish the products' destination (ie, the place at which they will be stored safely until the process is finished).
Parties must also complete the documentation that formalises a seizure, which must include:
Parties must guarantee police presence during the entire operation to ensure the safety of the professionals involved. If this is impossible, parties may hire private security guards to perform this function.
An operation may last a whole day. Therefore, parties should adopt measures relating to the involved professionals' wellbeing, including the provision of:
Equally as important as all of the aforementioned measures and precautions is the professionals' competence. Experienced and qualified professionals should:
Further, professional experience can offer knowledge, versatility, resilience, coldness and various other qualities that no university, article, course or lecture can teach.
For further information on this topic please contact David Fernando Rodrigues at Montaury Pimenta, Machado & Vieira de Mello by telephone (+55 21 2524 0510) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Montaury Pimenta, Machado & Vieira de Mello website can be accessed at www.montaury.com.br.
The materials contained on this website are for general information purposes only and are subject to the disclaimer.
ILO is a premium online legal update service for major companies and law firms worldwide. In-house corporate counsel and other users of legal services, as well as law firm partners, qualify for a free subscription.