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USD 200,000 in illegal products seized in Customs procedure

By Orpan - 18/10/2019
USD 200,000 in illegal products seized in Customs procedure

A bus coming from Chile was intercepted in Bolivia with more than a thousand mobile phones without the proper importation authorizations, the Bolivian National Customs reported on October 8, 2019.

According to information from Spanish news agency EFE, the devices were detected by the Customs Operations and Research Coordination Unit with the support of a non-intrusive control scanner that operates in the town of Huachacalla, in the Andean region of Oruro, Western Bolivia. Images obtained from the scanner allowed identifying 1,251 high-end mobile phones hidden in the compartments of the bus, valued at about USD 200,000.

In its 2019 Special 301 Report on intellectual property protection and review of notorious markets for piracy and counterfeiting, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) stated that it will monitor the effectiveness of Bolivia’s newly-created Vice-Ministry of Fight Against Contraband in its inter-institutional coordination among Bolivian enforcement authorities and in its coordination with Bolivia’s neighbors to combat contraband activities.

The United States has encouraged Bolivia to take the necessary steps to improve its enforcement of IP, including by continuing to expand its public awareness efforts, increasing training of government technical experts, and cooperating with right holders on enforcement.

By Orpan - 18/10/2019
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ORPAN was established in 1955 by brothers Joaquin Soruco (1908 – 1984) and Gonzalo Soruco (1910 – 1994). It was one of the first specialized law firms in patent and trademark matters in Bolivia.

The daughter of co-founder Joaquín Soruco, Mrs. Pilar Soruco, took over the direction of ORPAN in 1986.

At present, Mrs. Soruco is the main partner of ORPAN, working with a specialized team of more than 20 attorneys, assistants and paralegals. Among them is Mr. Wolfgang Ohnes, who previously was National Director of the Bolivian Patent and Trademarks Office and practitioner in the private sector since year 2000 in local and regional IP law firms.