Government committed to protect and enforce Intellectual Property Rights
The Director General IPO-Pakistan Tarik Feroze has said that Government is committed to protect and vigorously enforce Intellectual Property Rights (IPR’s) besides providing a congenial and protected environment to improve the image of Pakistan as a responsible and Intellectual Property compliant nation. The Director General was speaking at a Seminar on “Understanding IP Rights & Their Protection” for Trade Association held on Wednesday at Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar in his inaugural speech stressed the need for creating awareness about the importance of Intellectual Property Rights. LCCI Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad, Convener LCCI Standing Committee on IPR Muhammad Zaka-ur-Rehman, Mian Muhammad Afzal, Executive Member Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI); Ms. Saira Imdad Ali, Director, IPO, IP Attorneys and representatives of stakeholders attended seminar.
Mr. Tarik Feroze appreciated the role of business community for economic wellbeing and industrial development of Pakistan and said that IPO-Pakistan is keen to promote mutual understating for addressing IP related issues being faced by businessmen and other right holders. He informed that representatives of Chamber of Commerce and Industry were being contacted by IPO and various initiatives were also under consideration to explore new avenues of mutual cooperation. He said that IP Centers would be established in Chamber of Commerce and SME offices to facilitate and provide necessary information about IP Registration. He informed that with the assistance of European Union and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), IP registries automation program was being implemented to improve management and service delivery system.
The Director General IPO described the performance and achievements of IPO-Pakistan during its short span of existence and said that massive public awareness has been undertaken for sensitizing the consumers about their legitimate rights to opt for genuine and branded products and services. The IPO has made efforts to curb counterfeiting and piracy with the support of enforcement agencies i.e. Police, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Customs.
The DG IPO said that we are in active collaboration with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international organizations in the related field and special emphasis has been laid on capacity building of IPO officials and stakeholders. He appreciated the valuable contributions of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPPCI) and Chamber of Commerce and Industry for their support in organizing useful and informative awareness program on IP Rights. The LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar presenting welcome address, also highlighted the role of Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan in expansion of IP Rights orientation activities in collaboration with stakeholders and assured that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce would extend all possible assistance to involve every segments of society in IP awareness campaign.
The LCCI President said that the scope and importance of IPR cannot be underestimated particularly with reference to safeguarding the interest and future prospects of business community.
Farooq Iftikhar said that there could be no second opinion to this fact that the Intellectual Property (IP) is critical for competitive economy in the backdrop of ongoing globalization. The new concept of IP based nation is gaining ground because it is Intellectual Property which enables technology creation and technology transfer by providing the necessary enabling environment.
During the Seminar, Barrister Asjad Saeed, Co-Convener Standing Committee on IP Rights gave presentation on Balancing goals in the enforcement of IPR, Hassan Irfan Khan delivered on Importance of Trademarks/Copyrights Registration in Business, Farooq Hyder Shaikh Marketing Head of Service Sales Corporation gave presentation on Brand Development and Role of IPRs, Saad Nasrullah Advocate also gave presentation on Patents/Industrial Design & Registration, Dr. Shalla Javaid Akram Founder President Central North Punjab Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CNPWCCI) highlighted the Issues of Patent Infringement in Pharma Sector while. Farooq Amjad Meer deliberated on International Registration of Trademarks.