Gilgit, September 27, 2019: The Enforcement Coordination Committee of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) has termed counterfeiting and piracy a crime against innovation and creativity and expressed the resolve that the issue would be dealt relentlessly and all out efforts would be made for the development of genuine businesses in the country. Initiatives will be taken for Genuine business development of GB region in the backdrop of CPEC. Export of local products from GB to China will be enhanced by protecting and enforcing IPRs in the region.
The decision was made during the 2nd IPR Enforcement Coordination Committee Meeting in Gilgit held here on Friday. The meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad Irfan Tarar, Director General Intellectual Property Organization (IPO-Pakistan).
The meeting was informed that Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) are taking relentless actions against IPR violations. Pakistan's global IP ranking is continuously improving since last 4 years due to sharing of data received from LEAs regarding enforcement actions against piracy and counterfeiting. It is helping for development of genuine businesses at local level and attracting FDI.
The meeting decided that the complaints received will be forwarded to concerned law enforcement agencies, while monthly reports of IPR cases will also be regularly shared by enforcement agencies with IPO-Pakistan.
Addressing the meeting, Mr. Irfan Tarar said enforcement of IP rights through designated law enforcement agencies, i.e. Police, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Customs etc. is one of the key functions of IPO-Pakistan. Committee in Gilgit is working since 2017, it was 2nd meeting of the Committee.
It was decided that capacity building programs for LEAs and awareness activities for business community will be conducted in Gilgit region for effective IPR enforcement and genuine business development.
Earlier, Mr. Muhammad Ismail, Director (Enforcement), IPO-Pakistan gave detailed presentations over the enforcement of IPRs.
The meeting was attended among others by Mr. Tahir Qureshi, Collector Model Customs Collectorate, Gilgit, Pakistan Customs, Mr. Muhammad Naseer, Executive Director, IPO-Pakistan, senior officers from FIA, GB Police, Health and Food Departments and Gilgit Chamber of Commerce and Industry.