LAHORE, July 19, 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 7th IPR Enforcement Coordination Committee Meeting in Lahore held here on Friday. The meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad IrfanTarar, 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 Lahore is working since 2006, it was 7th meeting of the Committee.
It was decided that capacity building programs for LEAs and awareness activities for business community will be conducted in Lahore region for effective IPR enforcement and genuine business development.
Earlier, Mr. Muhammad Naseer, Executive Director and Mr. Muhammad Ismail, Director (Enforcement), IPO-Pakistan gave detailed presentations over the enforcement of IPRs and future of e-filing for improved service delivery.
The meeting was attended by the officers from Pakistan Customs, FIA, Punjab Food Authority, PEMRA, Health Department and Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Deputy Directors IPO-Pakistan, Mr. Kashif Latif Malik and Syed Anjum Bukhari also attended the meeting.