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05 September 2016
In its continued effort to improve the protection of IP rights, the Pakistan Intellectual Property Organisation closely collaborates with the Federal Board of Revenue to control the import and export of infringing products at Pakistan's borders. Through Pakistan Customs, the Federal Board of Revenue is responsible for border measures to combat the trafficking of contraband goods – including the illegal trade in pirated and counterfeit goods and products – into and out of Pakistan. On October 27 2015 the Intellectual Property Organisation announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Board of Revenue for "data sharing and further cooperation".
The memorandum of understanding marks a major collaboration with the Federal Board of Review's IP rights enforcement agencies and aims to address the violation of IP rights and issues of piracy and counterfeiting in Pakistan. The Intellectual Property Organisation and the Federal Board of Review understand the need for mutual cooperation and coordination to protect and enforce IP rights. In this regard, the Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights (Pakistan Customs) will be allowed to use data that the Intellectual Property Organisation maintains. It is hoped that the initiative will:
It has recently been reported that the Federal Board of Revenue is in the process of finalising a set of new IP rights rules (the Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (Import and Export Goods) Enforcement Rules), which will be officially announced in 2016. According to press reports, the rules relate to the import and export of goods which infringe IP rights registered or protected in Pakistan, including:
Further, IP rights acquired from the Intellectual Property Organisation will be recorded by the Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights. Rights holders or their authorised representatives will be able to apply online to the Directorate General for the recordation or renewal of recordation or to change the particulars of the recordation of their registered intellectual property. The proposed IP rights rules include the following:
For further information on this topic please contact Seema Mansoor at Vellani & Vellani by telephone (+92 21 3580 1000) or email (email@example.com). The Vellani & Vellani website can be accessed at www.vellani.com.
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