Disclosure of information: Disclosure to right holders
As a general rule we should not disclose to third parties information about consignments even though they contain, or are suspected to contain, IP infringing items.
However Council Regulation 1383/2003 permits officers to disclose to the right-holder, at their request and if known, the following information concerning goods suspected of infringing an intellectual property right:
- the actual or estimated quantity
- the actual or supposed nature of the goods (note this may include a full description of the goods complete with details of any trade mark; the use of digital photographs is allowed and may prove beneficial)
- the names and addresses of the consignee
- the names and addresses of the consignor
- the names and addresses of the declarant or the holder of the goods
- the origin and the provenance of the goods.
Note in the case of ex-officio action (see 2300) we may only divulge the number of items declared and their nature until a valid application has been accepted by the IPAU.