F.A.S Enterprises case SHC issue notices, stays destruction of alleged counterfeit watches

KARACHI: A division bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) on Monday issuing notice to the respondent custom’s collectorate restrained them from destroying alleged counterfeit watches of brands Rolex, Rado etc.

The petitioner F.A.S Enterprises challenged the notice issued under Rule 185 of the Pakistan Custom Rules 2001. The bench noted that in the same notice, references of some suits have also being given which were decided by the Intellectual Property Rights Tribunal Sindh. The counsel submitted that in such suits, common orders have been passed by the tribunal with the direction to permanently seize the counterfeit watches and to destroy the same. The counsel from Franklin Law Associates appearing for the petitioner submitted that the applications under section 12 (2) against this order has been filed and are pending adjudication.

He further contended that if the respondents were not restrained, the application would become infructuous and his interest will be prejudiced. The bench after hearing counsel for the contestants ordered issuance of notices for Oct 30 to respondents as well as DAG. The bench also restrained the customs from destroying the watches till next date of hearing.

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