Porridge on the menu for Infringers in Albania

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PRISON

Sweeping changes to the Albanian Criminal Code were brought into force on 11 April 2012. A criminal offence occurs where there is the production, use, release, distribution, trade, import or export of certain IP rights without the owner’s consent. These include products or processes protected by patents, industrial designs, trademarks or an integrated topography product. Added to the list are products that are associated with a place of origin.

Penalties include fines, or custodial sentences of up to a year can be enforced. However, where there is repeated infringement then up to 2 years in prison can ensue.  

 

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