Suspicious products are restricted to enter the country
As part of the joint action carried out by the Mexican PTO (IMPI) and the General Administration of Customs (AGA), in order to prevent the entry of items that allegedly infringe intellectual property rights, during 2013 the circulation of about 3 million products was suspended.
IMPI and AGA stopped five containers of goods containing products with trademarks like Nike, Adidas, Puma and Chanel, whose final destination was El Salvador and the Dominican Republic, for allegedly violating intellectual property rights protected in Mexico. It is important to highlight during 2013, twenty-eight Interim measures involving the suspension of the free movement of goods of foreign origin were applied, while in 2012 twenty-three.
Considering the actual legislation, only trademark owners are able to initiate these kinds of procedures through the local PTO. In that sense, those owners that consider that their trademark rights (intellectual property rights) are being violated; should fill the corresponding form and deliver the PTO the exact information of the customs were the merchandize will enter the country and the complete importation data. Once IMPI analyzes the request, it will issue the notification to Customs to inform the suspension of free circulation of the merchandize.