IPR Directorate orders release of Cherry shoe polish consignment

KARACHI: Director, Directorate of Intellectual Property Rights on Wednesday ordered release of a consignment of shoe polish imported from China by Bright Star Business Solutions.

The consignment was put on hold by the Intellectual Property Directorate of Pakistan Customs. A lawyer from Franklin Law Associates appearing for the petitioner questioned the hold placed submitting that the Cherry Blossom was made in another country (Britain) and it has been closed down. The consignment in dispute do not fall under International Trade Mark Regime as it carries a different name and made by a registered manufacturer in China hence is liable to be released against payment of duties and taxes.

The bench after hearing counsel for respondent directorate and collectorate of Pakistan Customs held that holding the consignment was beyond jurisdiction of the respondents who were then directed to release the same forth with.

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