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Russian Customs and Japanese business screen for counterfeit

The Far Eastern Customs Department held a meeting with the staff of the Moscow representative of the Japanese Organization for the Development of Foreign Trade (JETRO).

During the meeting, the representative of JETRO, Mr. Takahiro Miyagawa, expressed concern that Japanese companies are suffering huge losses due to the proliferation of counterfeit goods, including that in Russia. In this regard, Japanese side expressed the desire for cooperation, including reporting of Japanese manufacturers on the activities of Russian customs authorities in the protection of intellectual property rights.

In turn, employees of the FECD explained the functions of the customs authorities to ensure the protection of intellectual property rights and suppress illicit trafficking of intellectual property across the customs border of the Customs Union. In particular, the representatives of JETRO were told about the Customs Register of Intellectual Property Rights (TROIS), which is kept by the FCS of the Russian Federation.

A substantial part of trademarks included in TROIS belongs to Japanese owners. They include, for example, such trademarks as CASIO, NISSAN, MERRIES, GOO.N, YAMAXA, NEPIA, СANON, NGK, PIONEER, OLIMPUS, SONY, KAYABA, TOSHIBA, TOYOTA, PANASONIC, KIKKOMAN, SHISEIDO and many others.

In the first half of 2013, the customs authorities of the Far Eastern region made 1679 decisions to suspend the release of goods, 151 of them relates to goods imported from Japan in violation of intellectual property rights, contained intellectual property included in TROIS. During this period, the most frequently recorded violations of intellectual property rights related to the import of Japanese goods, marked with trademarks of “TOYOTA” and “HONDA” automobile spare parts), “YAMAHA” (sports goods), “NGK” (spark plugs) “MERRIES”, “GOO.N”, “MOONY” (diapers), “OLYMPUS” (binoculars), “SHISEIDO” (cosmetics).

In all cases of suspension of the release of goods imported from Japan in the 1st half of 2013, the goods were released into circulation in the territory of the Russian Federation in connection with the permission of right holders (84), due to the omission of right holders (67).

The representatives of the FECD and JETRO discussed the possibility of holding joint seminars with the participation of Russian customs officers and Japanese right holders.