Anti-counterfeiting book for trade mark practitioners published

Anti-counterfeiting book for trade mark practitioners published

13 December 2017

A new book for trade mark practitioners, which lifts the lid off anti-counterfeiting practice, has been published by The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.

Anti-Counterfeiting: Practice and Procedure, authored by Ralph Wehrle from specialist law firm Briffa, provides comprehensive analysis of the various civil and criminal enforcement procedures available to practitioners and intellectual property rights holders.

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The Police and Crown Prosecution Service, Trading Standards, and Border Force are among the agencies which have a role to play in anti-counterfeiting. But how do they work, and which do you need to turn to? What powers do they have? What outcome can you expect? Ralph explores all the avenues available.

Ralph takes the reader through the relevant legislation including: the Trade Marks Act 1994, Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 and the Fraud Act 2006. He goes on to cover what happens when criminal proceedings are taken. Civil routes are also covered in detail.

Ralph Wehrle said: “Preventing counterfeit goods from being sold is an important part of the role of today’s trade mark practitioner. I authored this guide to share my experience of preventing counterfeits and to assist enforcement where counterfeiting occurs.

“The practice of combating anti-counterfeiting has grown significantly over recent years. When I was researching this book, I was surprised that there was no pre-existing publication on the topic currently in print.

“There are a number of ways practitioners can work with intellectual property rights holders and enforcement agencies to combat counterfeits. This is important both for the owners of the IP and for consumers, as we both want to ensure end users have a safe product and they receive what they pay for.”

Mark Hiddleston, the publication’s editor, said: “Ralph is a leading expert in this area and I am delighted that we were able to collaborate to produce this excellent book. I believe that this comprehensive work will provide an invaluable reference source for practitioners and IP rights holders alike.”

“There are many practical steps that can be taken to prevent counterfeiting and assist enforcement when counterfeiting occurs – these are all covered in detail.”

Ralph Wehrle is a solicitor and a long-standing partner at Briffa, a specialist intellectual property and information technology law firm, with a thriving anti-counterfeiting practice both in the UK and abroad.

The book is available to purchase directly from CITMA on: www.citma.org.uk/shop. It is priced at £95 (£75 for CITMA members).

Ralph Wehrle is a solicitor with over 25 years’ experience advising clients in relation to the protection and enforcement of their intellectual property rights. He has represented small and large businesses with counterfeiting problems including laying the groundwork for, setting up and then successfully implementing and evolving anti-counterfeiting programmes to meet clients’ needs and budgets and, as part of that, bringing civil and criminal actions if and when appropriate.

Ralph is a long-standing partner at Briffa, a specialist intellectual property and information technology law firm, with a thriving anti-counterfeiting practice both in the UK and abroad.

Chapter list:
1. Trade in infringing product
2. Criminal provisions
3. Criminal enforcement agencies and their initial powers
4. Criminal enforcement: procedure and consequences
5. Criminal provisions
6. Civil enforcement: procedure and remedies
7. Other actions

 

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