Anti-Counterfeiting

KISCH IP’s professionals are skilled in all aspects of anti-counterfeiting. We assist clients with brand registrations at the Department of Customs and Excise, as well as criminal and civil litigation related to the importing of counterfeit goods.

To increase the detection of counterfeit goods, KISCH IP raises awareness among those involved in the anti-counterfeiting industry through active training on the identification of such goods.

Customs brand registrations

For Customs to detain and seize counterfeit goods under the provisions of section 15 of the Counterfeit Goods Act, brand holders need to submit an application for registration with the Department of Customs and Excise.

The application sets out information such as the brand holder’s intellectual property rights, details of the appointed agents/attorneys, the required indemnity and power of attorney, and any further information required by Customs.

KISCH IP drafts and lodges these applications with Customs and ensures that all requirements are met in order for Customs to grant approval. We also assist with the renewal of such applications as required by Customs.

Seizure of counterfeit goods

Where counterfeit goods are encountered in the market or at Customs control points, KISCH IP draws these goods to the attention of the trade mark or copyright holder. We also prepare and lodge the required complaint for a search and seizure warrant to be obtained and executed against the suspect or importer.KISCH IP’s professionals are skilled in all aspects of anti-counterfeiting. We assist clients with brand registrations at the Department of Customs and Excise

KISCH IP ensures that the seizure of goods is lawful and conducted in line with the provisions of the Counterfeit Goods Act. The seized counterfeit goods are then stored in a designated counterfeit goods warehouse, pending the finalisation of the criminal or civil proceedings against the suspect or importer.

KISCH IP prepares the case together with the Police Services Commercial Crime Unit and the Public Prosecutors. This ensures that prescribed time limits are complied with and the required evidence is collated for successful prosecution.

Awareness & training

KISCH IP is actively involved in the training of public prosecutors, inspectors appointed in terms of the Counterfeit Goods Act, and customs officials, as to the provisions of the Counterfeit Goods Act and the identification of counterfeit products.

We conduct training programmes at regular intervals throughout South Africa, creating awareness of our clients’ products that may be counterfeited and the aspects distinguishing them from originals. KISCH IP

Investigations

KISCH IP has established relations with counterfeit-specialist private investigators and has been successful in locating the source of counterfeiting operations locally and internationally. We also conduct regular investigations to locate suspects dealing in counterfeit goods and ensure that the appropriate action is taken against them.

Anti-counterfeiting & the Internet

KISCH IP monitors services and actions to detect Internet counterfeiting and distribution of counterfeit goods through social networking channels.

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