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2002 Import restrictions on those articles which infringe intellectual property rights(FAQ)


 

  The goods infringing intellectual property rights are subject to boarder enforcement by the Customs authority. Article 69-11 of the Customs Law stipulates prohibited goods for importation. It includes the goods that infringe patent rights, utility model rights, design rights, trademark rights, copyrights, neighboring rights, integrated circuits layout design rights, or breeder's rights, and the goods that compose the acts set forth in any of items (i) to (iii), (x), (xvii) or (xviii) of paragraph (1) of Article 2 (Definitions) of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act.

  However, the goods such as legitimately licensed for importation by the right holder, or parallel import goods which is not infringing trademark rights, are not regarded as infringing intellectual property right, thus may be imported.

  (Article 69-11 of the Customs Law)

  For further information on IPR border enforcement by Japan Customs, please refer to the website below.
https://www.customs.go.jp/mizugiwa/chiteki/index_e.htm

 


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