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Border Seizure Lawyers

Border seizure is an effective and low-cost method of combating counterfeit goods and illegal parallel imports.

A simple yet effective procedure

We lodge an application with Customs on your behalf as the rights owner. The Customs authorities then stop goods that infringe your intellectual property rights. These could include:

In many cases the products in question can be withdrawn from the market and destroyed.

We provide support until a positive outcome is reached

The legal experts at CMS Germany support you throughout the entire seizure procedure. Acting on your behalf, we submit online border seizure applications to the Customs authorities (Central Unit for Intellectual Property). The applications list the characteristics of counterfeit goods, which we agree with you beforehand.

We are notified on your behalf when the Customs authorities make a specific seizure and consult you to establish whether your rights have been infringed. We then request the recipient to grant approval for destruction of the goods. We also organise the actual destruction, which is supervised by the Customs authorities. 

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Markus Deck
Markus Deck, M.C.J. (University of Texas, Austin)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Head of Intellectual Property Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Duesseldorf
Markus Deck is an intellectual property expert with more than 25 years of experience and a particular focus on technology-related projects. He specialises in patent law and represents clients in...
Prof. Dr. Winfried Bullinger
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Berlin
Winfried Bullinger is one of Germany’s leading copyright lawyers. He advises his clients on all aspects of intellectual property law, including media law and know-how protection and also represents...
Klaus Ikas
Dr. Klaus Ikas
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Stuttgart
Klaus Ikas has more than 20 years of experience as an intellectual property and unfair competition lawyer. His practice focuses on the registration, defence and enforcement as well as the transfer...
Dr. Jörn Witt, LL.M. (University of London)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Jörn Witt focuses on the life sciences industry and advises pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers as well as companies in related regulated industries. He particularly concentrates...
Thomas Hirse
Dr. Thomas Hirse
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Duesseldorf
Thomas Hirse has particular experience with the legal evaluation of intellectual property in the context of corporate transactions and IPOs. He regularly advises on technology-driven mergers and...
Matthias Eck
Prof. Dr. Matthias Eck
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Stuttgart
Matthias Eck advises German and international clients on all intellectual property and unfair competition law matters. He focuses on patent, trademark, copyright and competition law, advises on and...
Stefan Lüft
Stefan Lüft
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Munich
Stefan Lüft is an intellectual property expert, advising German and international companies on patents, copyright, trademarks, design, know-how protection and unfair competition, including licensing...
Gerd Schoenen
Gerd Schoenen
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Expert litigator Gerd Schoenen specialises in patent and utility infringement as well as nullity proceedings. He also advises companies on the patent law aspects of transactions or insolvencies and...
Philipp Lotze
Philipp Lotze
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Germany, Frankfurt
Philipp Lotze specialises in advising IT companies on outsourcing agreements as well as on contracts regulating the development and use of software. He also advises IT and media companies on protecting...
Gordian N. Hasselblatt
Prof. Dr. Gordian N. Hasselblatt, LL.M. (McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento/CA)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Gordian Hasselblatt is a partner in the Cologne office of CMS Hasche Sigle. He has many years of experience and comprehensive expertise in intellectual property law focussing particularly on international...