Enforcement of trademarks in Mexico is constantly evolving. Mexican Customs has set up a department to alert IP owners of shipments of potential counterfeits. Customs has implemented a project with the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) that merges the database of registered trademarks with that of Customs to create an intelligence tool to be used by customs officials in the review of goods imported into Mexico or in transit to other countries.

TRADEMARK CUSTOMS REGISTER IN MEXICO

The Registered Trademark Customs Watch List requires trade mark owners to make a one-off filing that, at the moment, is free of charge. The filing is a formal written petition that may be done on the owner's behalf of by a legal representative at Customs, a copy of the registered rade mark certificate and relevant information regarding authorized importers, preferred crossing ports and preferred custom-broker agencies. If the IP owner is able to provide more specific information
like authorized manufacturers, country of origin or import methods, the database will be even more useful.

IP owners are provided with a unique ID number to be used by authorized importers in official import manifestos. If the number provided matches with the importer and the given information, the goods will be automatically cleared in regard to IP matters. If not, the goods will be suspended and reported to the IP owner or its representatives to confirm their authenticity.

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