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Parliament: More powers for customs officers to seize goods that infringe intellectual property rights

Parliament: More powers for customs officers to seize goods that infringe intellectual property rights

SINGAPORE : Customs officers will be given more powers to seize goods that may infringe intellectual property (IP) rights at the point when they are being brought into or sent out of Singapore.

In addition, they will also be able to pass on the information of people who are connected to the seized goods to the IP rights owners, who can then pursue the matter in court.

These measures come as Parliament passed the Intellectual Property (Border Enforcement) Bill on Monday (July 9), to bring various laws in line with requirements under the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA).