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WEDNESDAY, 2 MAY 2012 Prison beckons for Albanian infringers
Various amendments to the Albanian Criminal Code came into force on 11 April 2012. Before that date, the Code did not contain any provisions relating to the protection of intellectual property. Now, however, the production, use, release, distribution, trade, import or export of the following, deliberately and without the consent of the IP rights holder, constitutes a criminal offence:
a product or process protected by a patent;
a product protected by an industrial design;
goods and/or services protected by a trade mark;
a product that derives from its place of origin;
an integrated circuit topography product.
For these types of offences, the law prescribes a fine or a penalty of up to one year in prison.
If the infringement is carried out in collaboration with another party and more than once, the law prescribes a fine or a penalty of up to two years in prison.
Source: "Infringement treated as criminal offence under amended Criminal Code", by Melina Nika (PETOŠEVIĆ, Tirana) in World Trademark Review
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