IPRE Karachi seizes consignment of counterfeit empty bottles of known brands

KARACHI: Upon directions of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Director General IPRE Rubab Sikander, IPRE South intensified its anti-counterfeit drive, and accelerated anti-counterfeiting drive by carrying out risk analysis and made cases worth millions.

Information was passed through Director IPRE Karachi Nyma Batool about a consignment comprising of 749 cartons (12516 dozen) empty plastic bottles, (detected during their auction proceedings) imported by M/s AAM International from China was received in the Directorate of IPR Enforcement Karachi.

M/s Brand Protection System, Karachi also filed an enforcement application on behalf of Unilever Pakistan, M/s P&G and M/s Johnson & Johnsons against this consignment of empty plastic bottles bearing trademark “Unilever”, Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Gamier, and DaburAmla imported by M/s AAM International.

Directorate of IPR Enforcement proceeded with a joint examination of the infringing goods in terms of its origin, commercial sourcing, value, and visible features, i.e., shape, configuration, and the trademarks printed/embossed thereon, side by side with the corresponding nominal and trademark data available in the IPO Pakistan’s recordation database, and the stance of the owner of the goods in response to the aforesaid material.

The unauthorized use of the trade mark “Unilever”, “Johnson & Johnson”, “Proctor & Gamble” and “Garnier” by the owner of the goods without the consent of the right-holder, each bottle renders the infringing goods counterfeit.

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