ISLAMABAD, September 11, 2017: Federal Minister for Commerce, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik has lauded the role of Intellectual Property Organization (IPO-Pakistan) in protecting the intellectual property rights and adopting proactive approach for putting Pakistan on the intellectual property map of the world as a compliant and responsible country. He expressed these views during his maiden visit to the IPO-Pakistan headquarters on Monday. The Minister was welcomed by Chairman IPO-Pakistan, Mr. Shahid Rashid and Director General, Mr. Muhammad Irfan Tarar. While addressing the officers, the Minister expressed pleasure over the performance of the organization and ensured his support for future endeavors. Commenting on the upcoming meeting of Coordination Committee of ECO on IPRs in Pakistan, the Minister agreed to extend every kind of support to IPO-Pakistan for making it a success. Mr. Pervaiz Malik asked to enhance activities to create more awareness among people about IPRs. Earlier, Chairman IPO-Pakistan, Mr. Shahid Rashid apprised the Minister about the working of the organization. He highlighted the achievements of the organization and said that Pakistan has been removed from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) priority watch list. He assured to open new offices of IPO in Peshawar and Quetta in the near future.