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What will I need in order to make an application to Customs under the Intellectual Property Rights (Imported Goods) Enforcement Rules, 2007?

What will I need in order to make an application to Customs under the Intellectual Property Rights (Imported Goods) Enforcement Rules, 2007?

  1. Application in the prescribed format (may be submitted electronically, followed by a paper copy).
  2. Official fee of INR 2000.
  3. Power of Attorney from the rights holder if the application is submitted by an authorised representative.
  4. Certified extract from official database as proof of IP rights.
  5. Detailed description of goods, along with samples or coloured images.

Intellectual property rights can be defined as the rights given to people over the creations of their minds. They usually give the creator an exclusive right over the use of his/her creations for a certain period of time. Intellectual property rights are traditionally divided into two main categories:

• Copyright and rights related to copyright: i.e. rights granted to authors of literary and artistic works, and the rights of performers, producers of phonograms and broadcasting organizations. The main purpose of protection of copyright and related rights is to encourage and reward creative work.

• Industrial property: This includes (1) the protection of distinctive signs such as trademarks and geographical indications, and (2) industrial property protected primarily to stimulate innovation, design and the creation of technology. In this category inventions (protected by patents), industrial designs and trade secrets are included.


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