The Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan (IPO-Pakistan) was established as an autonomous body on 8th April, 2005 under the administrative control of the Cabinet Division for integrated and efficient intellectual property management in the country. The Trade Marks Registry, Copyright Office and Patent & Design Office became part of the new Organization under a unified and integrated management system. The major functions of the Organization, inter alia, include:-
Administer and coordinate all Government systems for protection and strengthening of Intellectual Property (IP);
Manage all IP offices in the country;
Create awareness about IP Rights;
Advise Federal Government on IP Policy;
Ensure effective enforcement of IP rights through designated IPR Enforcement Agencies (Police, FIA, and Pakistan Customs).
On July 25, 2016, the administrative control of IPO-Pakistan was transferred from Cabinet Division to Commerce Division.