Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan

 

Enforcement Strategy

 

A top down gradual and selective approach based on special and differential  treatment principle of WTO is being followed under which the developed regions like Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad of Pakistan have been prioritized for IPR enforcement. The less developed areas of Pakistan will be focused later. The approach is two pronged; (i) supply side controls; and    (ii) demand side controls. The enforcement agencies are eliminating supplies of counterfeit and pirated goods through relentless enforcement. IPO Pakistan is containing demand through its massive public awareness providing affordable open source solutions to enable migration to legitimate business  software.

 

 Structured Enforcement Coordination

 

 Enforcement coordination is logically structured at the policy level, supervisory level and operational level as follows;

 

  • Policy Board Interface    (Policy Level)
  • Organizational Interface         (Supervisory Level)
  • Enforcement Coordination Committee Interface    (Operational Level)

 

At the operational level, enforcement coordination has been institutionalized through the Regional Enforcement Coordination Committees, comprising all agencies in the enforcement chain, in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. Its membership comprises IPO-Pakistan, Central Intelligence, Law Division and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority. Private Investigation Agencies and Citizen-Police Liaison Committees already existing in the major urban areas will also be brought into the enforcement loop by special invitation.

 

Division of  Tasks

 

  • District Police                                                                                          (overall enforcement)
  • Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)                                                       (production control)
  • Pakistan Customs                                                                                (Border control)
  • PEMRA                                                                                                   (signal piracy control)
  • Judiciary                                                                                            (litigation management)
  • IPO-Pakistan                                                                    (overall enforcement coordination)

 

 Meetings at Islamabad

 

  • 17th January, 2009
  • 28th May, 2007
  • 10th March, 2006
  • 7th January, 2006
  • 26th September, 2005

 

Meetings at Karachi

 

  • 2nd February, 2008
  • 13th June, 2007
  • 19th April, 2007

 

Meetings at Lahore

 

  • 7th January, 2008
  • 13th April, 2007