IP Enforcement
14. Please indicate the authorities responsible for the application of the measures provided by the legislation of Seychelles to combat counterfeiting and piracy. Please explain whether the competent authorities are empowered to act ex officio and, if so, please indicate the enforcement actions that may be taken. Please cite the relevant provisions of the legislation.
The Court has all powers including seizure, destroy infringing goods, or be deposited of outside the channels of commerce. Police officers and any authorised officers have the power to 'enter, search and seize'. Please see sections 111, 112, 113, 118, 119, 120 of the Industrial Property Act 2014. Section 115(3) of the Industrial Property Act 2014 has provision where public authorities or officers shall be exempted from liability where actions were taken or intended in good faith. The Copyright Act 2014 makes provision for infringing goods to be seized and destroyed by police officers (section 29) In addition, the Customs Management Act 2011 and through the enactment of subsequent Regulations (S.I 42 OF 2014 s.77 - 82) empowers Customs officials to handle goods deemed to be "counterfeit", "pirated", "infringing" etc.