Albania

Please contact our Balkan-office for more information about our services in Albania:

React Balkan
Bld. Koco Racin no. 75
1000 Skopje
Macedonia
T +389 2 3228244
Contact: Ms Eli Mufisovski
balkan@react.org
emufisovski@react.org


The focus of activities is on the customs surveillance on Albanian ports and borders. The Albanian wide coast with increasingly popular tourist destinations is often a target for counterfeit sellers. Since 2010 React has a partnership agreement with Drakopoulos Law Firm. The firm's IP head in Albania, Besnik Duraj, is an IP expert in trademark enforcement. Customs cases can be followed up from initial info/seizure through storage/destruction organization and/or final court decision (when necessary).

Our services in Albania

  • Amicable settlements and/or negotiation settlement following Customs actions
  • Appearing in court hearings in criminal proceedings as witnesses or experts
  • Attending personal hearing
  • Desk research
  • Drafting and filing of administrative complaints
  • Drafting and filing of criminal complaints
  • Drafting and filing of expert reports, affidavits and written witness statements
  • Filing a demand for a raid
  • Filing Customs applications
  • Filing surveillance letter
  • Follow up Customs/Police cases (C&D letters, negotiations, settlement drafting)
  • Handling court proceedings (appeals and civil claims)
  • Informing Customs officers on brand details
  • Organize and assist the police and relevant authorities in market raids
  • Organize inspections and investigations of markets, shops and events
  • Organize test purchases
  • Organizing the transportation, storage, destruction and, wherever possible, the recycling of counterfeit products
  • Organizing training sessions and information meetings for Police, Customs and/or Trade Inspection authorities
  • Preparing and submitting civil actions (including C&D letters)
  • Simplified procedure

Country Procedures

  • Customs application is mandatory. Only after filing a Customs application we can proceed with the enforcement of the right in collaboration with the Customs Authority
  • Customs application is valid for one year
  • Through filing a Custom application we are able to follow the Simplified Procedure without proving the counterfeiting before the Court
  • Customs acts always ex officio but the enforcement is possible only on Customs application basis
  • The deadline for response to Customs notification of detention is 10 working days or 3 working days in specific cases
  • Local authorities tasked with taking criminal action against infringers are the prosecutor and judiciary police
  • Remedies available under criminal law. If we claim it before the Court we have to proof the counterfeiting
  • We should make available to the Customs information regarding original products and we have to approve the destruction
  • Ex parte orders are available
  • Interim injunctions, damages and costs  are available through civil procedure at Tirana Court District
  • Contributory liability remedy is also available