- Published: Tuesday, 30 June 2015 08:10
Since the enforcement of IPR laws in Vanuatu on 7th April 2015, Customs has been checking all suspected imports for infringement of IPR laws. On 2nd June 2015, a suspected import of counterfeit Singer Sewing machines from China was intercepted by Port Vila Customs for what it seems like an infringement of the Trademarks Act of Vanuatu.
The Vanuatu Intellectual Property Office (VanIPO) at the Department of Trades was immediately informed of this interception. VanIPO then contacted the Singer representatives in Australia who were swift to respond on the same week to confirm that they have received confirmation from the Singer Head Office that the machines are unauthorized Singer Sewing Machines from an unauthorized dealer. Following this confirmation, Customs immediately issued a seizure notice to the Importer for the goods.