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Sessions conducted by UnitedIPR : Drafting a Complete Patent Application (workout in groups) and Group Discussion on 13th & 14th September, 2018

India is riding fast towards development on its technological progression.   A stringent IPR protection and robust IPR enforcement mechanism seems indispensable to grow as an economy.  IPR laws have lately gained significance in the Indian legal system and are also responsible for augmenting the economy.  The government is waking up to intrinsic crimes against intellectual property and acknowledging their status at par to other offences.

Training on IPR Laws with Central Detective Training Institute, Ghaziabad Police on 28th August, 2018

India is riding fast towards development on its technological progression. A stringent IPR protection and its robust enforcement mechanism seems indispensable to grow as an economy. IPR laws have lately gained significance in the Indian legal system and are also responsible for augmenting the economy. The government is waking up to intrinsic crimes against intellectual property and acknowledging their status at par to other offences. The Government of India through its Home Affairs Ministry (Police-I Division, Police Training Section) issued a Notification vide F.No.23011/14/2017-PT dated 10th October 2017 introducing regular courses on enforcement of IPR for Police Officials. A course on “Investigation of Infringement of IPR” was organised by Central Detective Training Institute, Ghaziabad, on 28th August 2108, where United IPR was invited to expound and delineate upon IPR laws in India.

IPR Training with Nhava Sheva Customs (Mumbai Zone II) on August 1, 2018

In India, the Custom authorities have played and continue to play a crucial role in anti-counterfeiting and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights. The port of Nhava Sheva which comes under Mumbai Customs– Zone 2, is the largest container port in India and accounts for approximately 40 percent of the nation’s overall containerized oceanic trade. In the recent years, Nhava Sheva has witnessed an increased load of imported shipments and consequent increase in the number of seizures of counterfeit goods triggered by the various intelligence agencies within the Customs formations – particularly by the Special Intelligence and Investigation Branch (SIIB), Central Intelligence Unit (CIU), Marine & Preventive (M&P) as well as the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI).

IPR Training with Kolkata Customs, on 11th July, 2018

India has become one of the most revered destinations for investors with an ever-increasing market escalated by persistent demand for consumer goods. However, the issue of counterfeiting remains a common concern to all the right-holders, as its impact cuts across various sectors affecting the revenue, health and employment and it continues to be a menace to the society costing billions in revenue to the nation.

IPR Training with Goa Police, on 20th June, 2018

Introduction

Counterfeiting is a serious crime and challenge of counterfeited and pirated goods has emerged as a global problem and a threat to all modern businesses, affecting their profits, their reputation and the safety of their consumers. No country is immune from the impact of counterfeiting and piracy and no single sector can be said to be an exception. Thus, there is a constant need for rigorous enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs).

IPR Training with Mundra Customs, Gujarat on 9th February, 2018

Introduction

Counterfeiting is a global problem which affects both onshore and offshore circulation of goods and is a bane to the society. In India, the Customs authorities have played and continue to play a pivotal role in anti-counterfeiting and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, with the ports of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai effectuating the maximum number of seizures of counterfeit consignments. The port of Mundra, which comes under the Special Economic Zone and is primarily driven by gargantuan exports, is the largest private port in India and has witnessed an increased load of imported shipments in the recent years.

United IPR, in its endeavour to build the capacity of Indian Customs, has been conducting training on sensitization of IPR laws at various ports across the country. In one of the most recent efforts, it organized the first-ever dedicated training for Customs Officers at the port of Mundra highlighting the crucial role played by Indian Customs in the enforcement of IPR laws. The training emphasized on the enforcement procedure followed in cases of seizures of infringing goods in addition to focusing on the product identification techniques of various participating brands.

Objective

The training was aimed to equip Custom officials with key skills necessary to monitor and control the imports and exports of counterfeit products by sharing specific inputs and intelligence of suspicious consignments. With updated recognition techniques, the officers would be better prepared to detect and facilitate the clearance of genuine consignments, while detaining the goods which are suspected to cause infringement or illegally imported into India.

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The training was held at Customs House, Mundra on 9th February 2018 which was presided over by Mr Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, Commissioner of Customs, Mundra and attended by 45 officers from various field formations. The participating right-holders included Apple & Beats, L’Oreal, Coty, Limited Brands, Vans, Monster Energy, Tom Ford, Polo Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Lacoste, Gant, Bvlgari, LVMH, Procter & Gamble, Nike, WD-40, Lee and Wrangler.

Outcome

Customs officials who attended the training enthusiastically participated and shared constructive feedback on the various guidelines and mechanisms shared by the right-holders, which would assist the Officers in combating the influx of counterfeits in the Indian territory. In addition, since Mundra is a gateway port in the western part of India, goods entering through this channel cater to markets of not only Gujarat but also that of the neighbouring states. The right-holders as also the customs officials acknowledge that this is a prime step and an ideal platform for interaction between the public and private players to share their experiences, exchange best practices and better inter-agency coordination with respect to enforcement of IPRs.

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IPR Training with Kochi Customs on 18th January 2018

IPR Training with Kochi Customs on 18th January 2018

The government, through its facilitation and enforcement machinery, has a major role in sensitizing awareness on  IPR  laws and curb the instances of counterfeiting across the borders, which can be accomplished only through an effective public-private partnership. Customs play a pivotal role in the contemporary enforcement of IP Rights, as they are at the forefront of the border protection and are responsible for preventing the influx of counterfeits in the country.

IMG_2574With a view to stimulate the continuous interaction between the industry and the government and to provide an interface for businesses to resolve their issues pertaining to Intellectual Property Rights, United IPR organized training with Kochi Customs on 18th January, 2018, which was attended by approximately 40 field formation officers and presided over by the Learned Assistant Commissioner of Customs (Special Intelligence and Investigation Branch), Mr. Ranabir Bose. The training focused on the relevant theories, notifications, case laws and other legal aspects pertaining to IPR (Imported Goods) Enforcement Rules,  2007  and  product  identification techniques of  various  participating brands including L’Oreal,  Bvlgari,  Apple & Beats,  Nike, Coty, Nivea,  Procter & Gamble, Stihl,   Burberry,   Lacoste,   Gant,   L Brands,   Tom Ford,   LVMH (Tag Heuer, Hublot & Zenith), Monster Energy, Lee, Wrangler, Polo Ralph Lauren, Dita And Vans.

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IPR Training with Pune Police Officers on 11th Nov’ 2017

Introduction

In a faster growing Indian economy, there is a need for adequate enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). The Government of India through its Home Affairs Ministry (Police-I Division, Police Training Section) issued a Notification vide F.No.23011/14/2017-PT dated 10th October 2017 introducing regular courses on enforcement of IPR for Police Officials. The underlying objective of issuing this notification was to address concerns regarding the link between the violation of IPRs and other organized crimes like terror funding, etc. which have caused a serious threat to public safety and security of the country.