PESHAWAR, December 20, 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. Initiatives will be taken for Genuine business development of Peshawar region. Export of local products from KPK will be enhanced by protecting and enforcing IPRs in the region.
The decision was made during the 2nd IPR Enforcement Coordination Committee Meeting in Peshawar held here on Thursday. The meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad Naseer, Executive Director 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 4 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 be uploaded on the websites of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and also be regularly shared with IPO-Pakistan.
Addressing the meeting, Mr. Muhammad Naseer 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 Peshawar is working since 2017, it was 2nd meeting of the Committee.
It was decided that capacity building programs for LEAs and awareness activities for business community will be conducted in Peshawar region for effective IPR enforcement and genuine business development.
The landmark decision in the meeting was to give permanent membership to the Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the committee.
Earlier, Mr. Muhammad Ismail, Director (Enforcement), IPO-Pakistan gave detailed presentation over the enforcement of IPRs.
The meeting was attended by senior officers of Pakistan Customs, KPK Police, KPK Food Authority, KPK Health Department and representatives of Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry Peshawar (WCCIP).