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IPR Trainings with Delhi Customs on 31st January 2017 and with

Mumbai Directorate of Revenue Intelligence on 2nd February 2017

With the advent of favorable investment options, the government’s “Make in India” campaign and persistent demand for consumer goods, India has become a popular destination for investors and right-holders of global brands. However, the issue of counterfeiting/infringement remains a common concern to all the right-holders as its impact cuts across various sectors affecting the revenue, health and employment of people at large. The right holders are experiencing a very strong undercurrent of the influx of counterfeits through the Indian territorial borders amongst other ways through which infringers operate.

1In order to sensitize the Indian Enforcement and Intelligence Directorate on the IPR protection and enforcement at the territorial borders, United IPR conducted trainings on 31st January and 2nd February, 2017 with the officers of Tughlakabad Customs Port (Delhi) and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI, Mumbai) respectively. Both these trainings saw active engagement by a consortium of globally well known brands which included Apple, Beats, L’Oreal, Garnier, Maybelline, Nivea, Nike, Proctor & Gamble, Bvlgari, Monster Energy, Skullcandy, Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coty (Calvin Klein, Davidoff, Joop!, Chloe) and Lacoste.Similar trainings in the past have proved effective for smooth functioning of IPR Rules and on bridging the gap between the right-holders and government officials responsible for IPR enforcement in India.

The training in New Delhi was presided over by Shri R. N. Shrivastava, Commissioner of Customs (Import), while the training in Mumbai was headed by Shri M. Ajit Kumar, Principal Additional Director of General, DRI – Mumbai. With 45 officers in Delhi and 70 in Mumbai, both the trainings witnessed vigour and enthusiasm by the department that attended the training with intent to understand the functioning of IPR enforcement and of the product identification techniques of participating brands.

New Delhi

3rd February, 2017