|No worries! I'll be back in EU soil in a flash|
The new set-up of rules may, amongst other positive effects, help to end EU’s days as, in Nokia’s words, “a logistical hub” for counterfeiters. The IPKat has posted on the issue, including, notably, here and here. The, rather over-technical and certainly awkward situation, of the “immunity” of counterfeit goods transiting through the EU, only to return to it, has always been hard for this blogger to understand. Moreover, as anti-counterfeiting practicioners around Europe have come to know too well, the transit immunity became useful, if not central, to counterfeiting strategies to bring illicit goods in to the EU. As the EU seems to be hopefully closing this chapter, this blogger can “brag” as Greece had introduced a relevant provision in its TM law system as from 2012, exactly in recognition of the problem.