Seminar on inter-agency cooperation held at DG IPR Enforcement
ISLAMABAD: The Directorate General of IPR (Enforcement) held a seminar on the topic of inter agency coordination for controlling Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringements in Pakistan at Custom House Islamabad. The event was presides by DG IPR Customs, Dr. Arslan Subuctageen and the guest of honour was Chief Collector (North), while the participants included senior level officers from IPO, Islamabad Police, DRAP, ICCI, MCC Islamabad and other relevant stake holders. Five presentations were made by various participants highlighting the need for an inter-agency cooperation to fight the menace of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) breaches specially at the import and export level. Performance of Pakistan Customs against IPR infringements were appreciated by all the participants. Intellectual Property (IP) refers to creations of the intellect for which an exclusive right is assigned to designated owners by law. Intellectual property rights (IPRs) are the protections granted to the creators of IP, and include trademarks, copyright, patents, industrial design rights, Layout designs of integrated circuits, Geographical Indications and Plant Breeder’s Rights. The registration of IPRs are territorial and must be filed in each country where protection is sought. A patent or trademark in one country does not afford protection in another country.