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What's new in Customs applications for action (eAFA)

As from 13 December 2021 in the EU, if you wish customs authorities to act on your behalf at borders by stopping goods suspected of infringing your intellectual property rights, you need to file an application for customs action (eAFA). With the introduction of the new version of the eAFA, via the IP Enforcement Portal of the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, this body becomes the single point of submission and management of AFAs for 24 Member States, although the previous optional system will remain in place for Germany, Spain and Italy. This entails several changes, the most substantive of which are detailed below: 

These changes involve the harmonization and digitalization of applications for action and constitute a step forward in the protection of intellectual property rights in the EU and the prosecution of violations in this area. 
At SUGRAÑES we can advise you on how to file and manage applications for customs action to protect your rights using this tool.

Marta Romagosa
Attorney at Law

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