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Algeria: Recordal Through Customs
October 31, 2012
The recordal of trademarks by rights owners is possible at the Algerian Customs, effectively helping Customs in stopping counterfeit goods.
The documents required in support of the recordation are as follows:
1- Power of attorney signed under the company’s seal or letterhead and duly legalized before the Algerian Consulate.
2- Letter of commitment in French signed under the company’s seal or letterhead and duly legalized before the Algerian Consulate.
3- Copies of registration certificates.
After completing the recordal, the trademark will be placed on watch, and products bearing this trademark or a similar mark will be monitored and inspected ex-officio. Products suspected of being counterfeit will be suspended and the rights owner as well as the importer will be immediately notified.Agents will have three days to confirm counterfeiting, from the day the suspicion is alerted.
In the case of confirmation, a legal action must be filed before the court in Algeria within 10 working days in order to have a court decision on the matter, otherwise the suspected goods will be cleared.
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