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HMRC internal manual

Customs Intellectual Property Rights Guidance

Introduction and general principles: Purpose of the controls

The main objectives are:

  • to protect the public from being misled and from any products that may endanger their health and safety
  • to help protect intellectual property right holders from the abuse of their legal rights
  • to protect the artistic, research and development investment of right holders thus contribute to the economic well being of EU businesses and
  • to help prevent criminals using the international trade in goods infringing intellectual property rights to generate illicit profits to fund their other activities.