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Overview of court rulings for detention of pirated copies

The Norwegian Customs Service is informed of preliminary court orders by a district court that require Norwegian Customs to identify and detain goods that are in conflict with intellectual property rights.

Note: An update of this article is pending. Please note that some terms and/or references may differ from the Movement of Goods Act and the Customs Duty Act that enters into force from the 1st of January 2023.

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Norwegian Customs can detain assumed counterfeits if there is a ruling from the District Court for the product. Norwegian Customs also has expanded authority to detain counterfeited brand goods and other violations of intellectual property rights. Chapter 15 of the Norwegian Customs Act allows Norwegian Customs to detain goods that are suspected of being counterfeits on their own initiative, or on behalf of the rightholder.

Norwegian Customs administers the regulations for the detention of goods that violate intellectual property rights on importation to Norway (referred to as “pirate copies” in everyday speech). Intellectual property rights are defined in this context as copyright, trademark rights, design rights, patents, plant breeding rights and integrated circuit design rights.