13 / 04 / 2018

During 2017 National Customs Service has confiscated nearly 26 million products for violating the intellectual and industrial property law. This is 73% more than in 2016, in which almost 15 million products were seized. The market value of these items amounts to about 96 million dollars, 142% more than in 2016 during which approximately 40 million dollars were seized in species that violated the industrial property laws.

Toys and clothing remain the main objects seized, followed by caps and footwear. However, piracy reaches other less traditional sectors, as shown by the latest seizures of drugs or counterfeit contact lenses, without a corresponding visa or health certificate. In addition, the proliferation of counterfeit cosmetics is of special concern to the authorities as they do not have any health certification. Between 2016 and 2017, these increased by 350%.

According to Felipe Pavez, partner of Villaseca Abogados, the authorities are making a special effort to control the illegal traffic of these products, as shown by the increase year after year of the species seized; but there is still a lot to do. “Basically, what is missing is a coordinated and multisectoral effort, focused on education and the creation of awareness in the population, since there is no real awareness of the implications of these crimes, and they are still perceived as being less, almost harmless, in circumstances that its effects can be even more harmful and serious than those that are merely economic “, affirms the partner of Villaseca Abogados.

To recognize the imitations, the first thing that must be analyzed carefully is the packaging. In the case of clothing or accessories, it is important to review the logos (usually diffused in the imitations) or on their labels. In the case of medications, it is necessary to verify that they contain the registration number in the ISP, as well as that their box is sealed.