Bringing home a counterfeit branded handbag or watch as a souvenir?
Counterfeits are copies of products that infringe protected brands, designs, indications of origin or patents, and imitate the name or appearance of the original product. Purchasing or trading in counterfeits (e.g. with counterfeit watches or medicines) has been increasing steadily in recent years, thus causing financial losses for the original manufacturers. At the same time, counterfeits can pose a serious risk to consumers' health and lives, especially when it comes to medicines, but also in the case of everyday objects.
The origin of counterfeit products is often unknown. The producer works under cover, and his compliance with quality and other manufacturing standards cannot be checked. Alongside these practical risks, there are also legal risks for purchasers and importers of counterfeit goods. The holder of the rights that have been violated by the counterfeits can take legal action against the purchaser or importer.
Our factsheet summarizes the legal consequences of importing counterfeit products.