District Court Rules

ORDER 31B

SEIZURE WITHOUT WARRANT, DELIVERY UP, FORFEITURE, DISPOSAL AND APPLICATIONS FOR RETURN IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CASES

1. In this Order:

‘the Act of 1996’ means the Trade Marks Act, 1996 (No 6 of 1996);

‘the Act of 2000’ means the Copyright and Related Rights Act, 2000 (No 28 of 2000);

‘the Act of 2001’ means the Industrial Designs Act, 2001 (No 39 of 2001).

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2. An application for an order permitting seizure of infringing goods, material or articles without warrant under section 25(1) of the Act of 1996, may be made ex parte at any sitting of the court for the district in which the said infringing goods, materials or articles are for the time being.

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3. (1) An application by the owner of copyright in a work for an order permitting seizure without warrant under section 132(1) of the Act of 2000 may be made ex parte at any sitting of the court for the district wherein it is believed that infringing copies of the work or articles specifically designed or adapted for making copies of work knowing or having reason to believe that it has been or is to be used for making infringing copies of a work, or protection-defeating devices are being hawked, carried about or marketed. Such application may be grounded upon the information on oath and in writing of the owner of the copyright in the work or his or its authorised representative and the court may receive hearsay evidence to the effect that the witness or deponent believes that the material may be found in a particular location.

(2) An application to the court by the owner of any copies, articles or devices seized under section 133 of the Act of 2000 for the return of those copies, articles or devices shall, unless the court otherwise permits, be made not later than 30 days after the seizure. The application shall be preceded by the issue of a notice of application in the Form 31B.10, Schedule B (to which is attached a copy of the notice given under section 133(8) of the Act of 2000). A copy of that notice shall be served personally or by prepaid registered post on

(a) the person claiming to be the owner of the copyright in the work concerned, as identified in the notice given in accordance with section 133(8) of the Act of 2000 and

(b) the Superintendent or an Inspector of the Garda Síochána for the district in which the seizure was made.

(3) An application to the court by the owner of any copies, articles or devices seized under section 133 of the Act of 2000 or other person aggrieved by such seizure for damages in accordance with section 133(12) of the Act of 2000 shall be preceded by the issue of a notice of application in the Form 31B.10, Schedule B (to which is attached a copy of the notice given under section 133(8) of the Act of 2000). A copy of that notice of application shall be served personally or by prepaid registered post on the person claiming to be the owner of the copyright in the work concerned, as identified in the notice given in accordance with section 133(8) of the Act of 2000.

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4. An application by the registered proprietor of a design for an order authorising seizure without warrant under section 62(1) of the Act of 2001 may be made ex parte at any sitting of the court for the district wherein it is believed that infringing products or articles are being hawked, carried about or marketed. Such application may be grounded upon the information on oath and in writing of the owner of the registered design or his or its authorised representative and the court may receive hearsay evidence to the effect that the witness or deponent believes that the material may be found in a particular location.

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5. (1) An application by the owner of the rights in a recording of a performance conferred by Part III of the Act of 2000 for an order authorising seizure without warrant under section 256(1) of the Act of 2000 may be made ex parte at any sitting of the court for the district wherein it is believed that illicit recordings of the performance, articles specifically designed or adapted for making recordings of a performance which the person hawking, carrying about or marketing those articles knows or has reason to believe have been or are to be used to make illicit recordings of a performance, or protection-defeating devices are being hawked, carried about or marketed. Such application may be grounded upon the information on oath and in writing of the owner of the rights in the recording of the performance conferred by Part III of the Act of 2000 or by his or its authorised representative. The court hearing such application may receive hearsay evidence to the effect that the witness or deponent believes that the material may be found in a particular location.

(2) An application to the court by the owner of any recordings, articles or devices seized under section 257 of the Act of 2000 for the return of those recordings, articles or devices shall, unless the court otherwise permits, be made not later than 30 days after the seizure. The application shall be preceded by the issue of a notice of application in the Form 31B.11, Schedule B (to which is attached a copy of the notice given under section 257(8) of the Act of 2000). A copy of that notice shall be served personally or by prepaid registered post on

(a) the person claiming to be the owner of the rights in the recording concerned, as identified in the notice given in accordance with section 257(8) of the Act of 2000 and

(b) the Superintendent or an Inspector of the Garda Síochána for the district in which the seizure was made.

(3) An application to the court by the owner of any recordings, articles or devices seized under section 257 of the Act of 2000 or other person aggrieved by such seizure for damages in accordance with section 257(12) of the Act of 2000 shall be preceded by the issue of a notice of application in the Form 31B.11, Schedule B (to which is attached a copy of the notice given under section 257(8) of the Act of 2000). A copy of that notice of application shall be served personally or by prepaid registered post on the person claiming to be the owner of the rights in the recording concerned, as identified in the notice given in accordance with section 257(8) of the Act of 2000.

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6. (1) An Order made on an application authorising or permitting seizure without warrant under rule 2, 3(1), 4 or 5(1) shall be in the Form 31B.1, 31B.2, 31B.3, or 31B.4, Schedule B, as appropriate.

(2) An Order made on an application under rule 3(2), 3(3), 5(2) or 5(3) shall be in the Form 31B.12 or 31B.13, Schedule B, as appropriate.

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7. (1) An order may be made for the delivery up of an infringing copy, article or device under section 142 or of an illicit recording, article or device under section 260 of the Act of 2000 or of an infringing product or article under section 69 of the Act of 2001 by the court, of its own motion or on the application of the person bringing the prosecution, at any convenient time during such proceeding, provided that the court is satisfied that there is a prima facie case to answer, or following the determination of such proceeding.

(2) An order for the delivery up of an infringing copy, article or device to the copyright owner or to such other person as the court may direct under section 142 of the Act of 2000 shall be in the Form 31B.5, Schedule B.

(3) An order for the delivery up of an illicit recording, article or device to the rightsowner or to such other person as the court may direct under section 260 of the Act of 2000 shall be in the Form 31B.6, Schedule B.

(4) An order for the delivery up of an infringing product or article to the registered proprietor or to such other person as the court may direct under section 69 of the Act of 2001 shall be in the Form 31B.7, Schedule B.

(5) An order made by the court under section 142 or section 260 of the Act of 2000 or under section 69 of the Act of 2001 shall be served personally or by prepaid registered post on the accused and on any person to whom it is ordered that any infringing copy, article, or protection-defeating device, or illicit recording, article or protection-defeating device or infringing product or article be delivered up. On the hearing by the court of an application by the person bringing the prosecution for such an order, or where the court makes such order of its own motion, the court may additionally direct the person bringing the prosecution to make and serve notice of an application for forfeiture or disposal (as provided for in rule 8) under section 145 or section 264 of the Act of 2000 or, as the case may be, under section 72 of the Act of 2001 on notice to the known or reputed copyright owner or rights owner or registered proprietor and to any other person directed by the court to be served with such notice.

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8. (1) An application in a criminal proceeding for the forfeiture or disposal of an infringing copy, article or device under section 145 of the Act of 2000 or of an illicit recording, article or device under section 264 of the Act of 2000 or of an infringing product or article under section 72 of the Act of 2001 shall be in the Form 31B.8, Schedule B and shall be served by the applicant personally or by prepaid registered post on

(a) any person heard or represented on any previous application for the delivery up of the same infringing article, copy or device under section 142 or illicit recording, article or device under section 260 of the Act of 2000 or of the same infringing product or article under section 69 of the Act of 2001,

(b) any other person appearing to have an interest in the recording, copy, article, device or product concerned and

(c) any other person directed by the court to be served.

(2) An order of the court on such application shall be in the Form 31B.9, Schedule B.

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9. (1) Notice of an application under this Order shall, if served personally, be served not less than seven days before the date of the sitting of the court to which it is returnable and, if served by prepaid registered post, be served not less than 14 days before the date of the sitting of the court to which it is returnable.

(2) The original of any notice of application under this Order shall be lodged with the Clerk not less than four days before the date of the sitting of the court to which it is returnable.

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