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In many cases the products in question can be withdrawn from the market and destroyed.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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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...
Dr. Jens Wagner
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Global Co-Head of Life Sciences & Healthcare Group, CMS
Germany, Hamburg
With long-standing experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and food supplements sectors, Jens Wagner provides comprehensive advisory and litigation services to life science companies....
Carsten Menebröcker
Dr. Carsten Menebröcker, LL.M. (NYU)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Global Co-Head of Intellectual Property Group, CMS
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...
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...
Torsten Sill
Dr. Torsten Sill
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz (Certified lawyer for intellectual property law)
Germany, Hamburg
Torsten Sill specialises in all aspects of unfair competition, intellectual property as well as related purchasing and distribution matters. He has more than 20 years of experience advising his clients...
Alexander Bossel
Dr. Alexander von Bossel, LL.M.
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...
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...
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...
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...