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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In many cases the products in question can be withdrawn from the market and destroyed.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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Alexander Bossel
Dr. Alexander von Bossel, LL.M. (The University of Edinburgh)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Alexander von Bossel specialises in IP/IT litigation with a focus on representing international and German companies, many of whom DAX-listed, in unfair competition and trademark law cases. Another core...
Winfried Bullinger
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...
Markus Deck
Markus Deck, M.C.J. (University of Texas, Austin)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Head of Intellectual Property, 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 litigation...
Julia Dönch
Julia Dönch, M.A.
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Stuttgart
Julia Dönch specialises in IP law, advising companies on unfair competition matters, copyright and publishing law as well as on trademark applications, enforcement and defence. She has long standing...
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 negotiates...
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...
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 acquisitions...
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...
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...
Carsten Menebröcker
Dr. Carsten Menebröcker, LL.M. (NYU)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Co-Head of the CMS Intellectual Property Group
Germany, Cologne
Carsten Menebröcker specialises in enforcing intellectual property rights in and out of court, including cross-border litigation. He is an expert for trademark and competition law as well as design rights...