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Piracy can strike any business, both in the physical and in the digital environment. The more successful you are as an entrepreneur, the greater the risk that someone will copy your products.
Piracy means that someone unlawfully copies your protected intangible assets. For example, unlawful copying of music and film that is copyright protected or copying of protected goods which are then sold under protected trademarks.
How do you protect yourself as an entrepreneur?
Start by registering your intellectual property rights – such as your trademarks, patents or designs – at the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV).
You cannot register a copyright. It automatically arises when you create your work. If you are going to export or produce your products abroad, you should register your intellectual property rights in the relevant countries.
Application for preventive action
If you as an entrepreneur have registered intellectual property rights, you should, for preventative purposes, submit an application for action to Swedish Customs. Using the information you provide to Swedish Customs, they can more easily identify and stop goods suspected of being pirated.
If there is no application, Swedish Customs must first reach you in order for you to submit one before the matter can be dealt with. If too much time passes before all of the formalities are complete, the suspected pirated goods may need to be released.
Responsible: Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth