Observancia de los derechos de propiedad intelectual
1. Please indicate the "competent authorities" stipulated in Article 51 of the TRIPS Agreement.
Decisions on the suspension of the release into free circulation of goods as mentioned in Article 51 of the TRIPS Agreement are taken by the National Customs Board ("Generaltullstyrelsen") which is the central administrative customs authority, whose decisions may be appealed against to the general administrative courts (the County Administrative Courts, the Central Administrative Court and the Supreme Administrative Court). The question of whether an infringement has actually taken place and the measures to be taken in case such an infringement has actually occurred, is decided by the competent ordinary Court which also has the power to issue an interim decision to the effect that the suspension shall be terminated.