KARACHI, January 17, 2019: The Enforcement Coordination Committee of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) has termed counterfeiting and piracy a crime against innovation and creativity and expressed the resolve that the issue would be dealt relentlessly and all out efforts would be made for the development of genuine businesses in the country.
The decision was made during the 8th IPR Enforcement Coordination Committee meeting in Karachi held here on Thursday. The meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad Irfan Tarar, Director General, Intellectual Property Organization (IPO-Pakistan).
The meeting was informed that Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) are taking relentless actions against IPR violations. Pakistan's global IP ranking is continuously improving since last 3 years due to sharing of data received from LEAs regarding enforcement actions against piracy and counterfeiting. It is helping for development of genuine businesses at local level and attracting FDI.
The meeting decided that the complaints received will be forwarded to concerned law enforcement agencies, while monthly reports of IPR cases will also be regularly shared by enforcement agencies with IPO-Pakistan.
Addressing the meeting, Mr. Irfan Tarar said enforcement of IP rights through designated law enforcement agencies, i.e. Police, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Customs etc. is one of the key functions of IPO-Pakistan. Committee in Karachi is working since 2006, it was 8th meeting of the Committee.
It was decided that capacity building programs for LEAs and awareness activities for business community will be conducted in Karachi region for effective IPR enforcement and genuine business development. Guidelines will be developed for Sindh Food Authority on the lines of guidelines developed for Police, FIA and Pakistan Customs.
Earlier, Dr. Rizwan Basharat, Registrar, Trademarks and Mr. Muhammad Ismail, Director (Enforcement), IPO-Pakistan gave detailed presentations over the enforcement of IPRs and future IT developments of the organization including e-filing.
The meeting was attended among others by Mr. Muhammad Naseer, Executive Director IPO-Pakistan, Capt. (Rd.) Faisal Chachar, AIG, Sindh Police, Sajjad Haider, Additional Director, IPR, Pakistan Customs, Syed Shah Hussain, Director, Sindh Food Authority, Ramesh Kumar, DGM, PEMRA, Shamim Ahmed, Chairman IPR Committee, KCCI and others.