KARACHI: Directorate of IPR Enforcement has seized a consignment of counterfeit insecticide spray bearing trademark Baygon.

On the instructions of Director Aamir Rasheed Shaikh, Deputy Director Hina Gul and DDO Mahmood Shah are keeping strict watch on the import of counterfeit goods, particularly those that can pose risks to human health such as these aerosol sprays.

M/s SC Johnson Pakistan filed an IPR enforcement application against a consignment of insecticide spray bearing trademark ‘BAYGON’ imported by M/s Marium Impex from China currently in the course of processing by MCC Appraisement East.

A joint examination of the said container was conducted by the representatives of MCC Appraisement East and Directorate of IPR Enforcement, which found 11,856 cans (400 ML each) and another 11,832 cans (600 ML each) of the allegedly infringing goods. Samples of the goods were drawn from container and submitted to the Directorate.

Scrutiny of the goods revealed BAYGON duly figures in the recordation database (IPO Pakistan repository of trademarks) as a trademark allotted to the right-holder in NICE classification. The trade mark BAYGON printed on the infringing goods reflects the name of the manufacturer as BAYER alongside A FAMILY COMPANY as ancillary description and the trade dress of the infringing goods including use of the trade mark BAYGON is completely identical to that of the original BAYGON, though the printing of the former is inferior.

A representative of SC Johnson informed logo of BAYER doesn’t appear on BAYGON as the product is manufactured by SC Johnson Pakistan, which acquired the brand BAFGON from BAYER. Moreover, there is no manufacturing facility of BAYGON in Indonesia while the infringing goods were imported from a supplier in UAE, though they originate from Indonesia.  

After detailed deliberations, Directorate of IPR Enforcement established the imported goods were counterfeit, which were duly seized.