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United IPR organized a training with Mumbai Customs at the New Customs House, Mumbai, Ballard Estate, September 23rd, 2019

United IPR organized training with Mumbai Customs on September 23, 2019, at the New Customs House, Mumbai, Ballard Estate. The session was organized to equip the officers with enhanced key tools that are pivotal to curbing the influx of counterfeits into the Indian territory, by sharing specific inputs and intelligence on the identification of products and of suspicious consignments.
The training was presided over by the Learned Commissioner of Customs and attended by approximately 40 Custom Officials which included Appraisers, Superintendents, Examiners, and Inspectors across various field formations within the Mumbai Customs.
We thank Mumbai Customs for their vigilance and continuous support.

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Lecture about what can and cannot be patented in India at Central Detective Training Institute (CDTI), Ghaziabad, by Ms. Krati Jain, July 30th, 2019

Ms. Krati Jain, Advocate and Associate at UnitedIPR was invited to deliver a lecture at Central Detective Training Institute (CDTI), Ghaziabad on 30th July, 2019 to sensitize the police officials about what can and cannot be patented in India. She also shared her insights on how modern patents operate in a global prospective. The workshop was attended by police officials from various districts across the country.

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IPR Training with Bengaluru Customs on 27th September 2017

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A report suggests that governments globally lose about USD 1 billion each year due to the influx of counterfeits in the markets out of which roughly 1/5th constitutes of Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals and Packaged Food bought by the unwary consumers.* It goes without saying that such fake and spurious goods pose a serious threat to health and safety of millions. Rapid advancement in technology and liberalization of the Indian economy have created an ideal
market for the miscreants to misuse the existing brand values that have been cultivated and nurtured over the time. The swelling of counterfeit and pirated goods is a universal problem that requires vigorous collaboration between the Customs and right-holders. A well-organized and effectively enforced Intellectual Property infrastructure is essential to ensure the continuous stimulation of investment in innovation.

The right-holders are experiencing an ever growing increase in the inflow of counterfeits through the Indian borders which have created the need for conducting terminal training on detection and assessment of counterfeit/infringing goods. The most recent training was organized for Customs authorities in Bengaluru on 27th September 2017 which was presided over by the Learner Additional Commissioner of Customs Mr D. Anil and attended by approximately 30 Custom Officials including Appraisers, Superintendents, Examiners, Inspectors and other officers from the Air Cargo and Inland Container Depot, Bengaluru. While all the attending Officers shared an emphatic written feedback on the conclusion of the training, the learned Additional Commissioner shared his views on the overgrowing importance of IP enforcement via Customs and how adequate steps are required to prevent imports of any suspicious IPR infringing consignments. He also delved on the importance of the initiative taken by the right-holders to enhance the capacity of the customs officers in curtailing the penetration of fakes through the Indian territorial borders.

Amongst the participating right-holders, there were popular brands like Apple, Nike, Coty, Procter & Gamble, Nivea, LVMH Watches (Tag Heuer, Hublot and Zenith), GHD (Good Hair Day), L’Oreal brands (L’Oreal, Garnier, Maybelline and Matrix), Limited Brands (Victoria’s Secret, La Senza, Pink, Henri Bendel and Bath & Body Works), Audemars Piguet, Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, G-Star and Tom Ford.

The training aimed to streamline the IPR enforcement proceedings, increase the number of interdiction on account of IPR violations, equip the customs officers with the relevant contact points, identification tips and develop an intelligence against fakes based on the inputs shared by the right-holders.

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IMPORTANCE OF DESKTOP INVESTIGATION IN ONLINE IPR ENFORCEMENT

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In an effort to combat global counterfeiting of branded products on online platforms, an effective Online IPR Enforcement is the requirement of time. Online IPR Enforcement can be explained as the process wherein legal action is initiated against online platforms such as stand-alone websites, marketplace websites and social media websites who are indulged in selling and promoting counterfeit goods of well-known brands.

Liability of Online Intermediaries viz-a-viz Copyright Infringement

What is Copyright?

World Intellectual Property defines copyright as, “copyright (or author’s right) is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their literary and artistic works. Works covered under copyright range from books, music, paintings, sculptures and films, to computer programs, databases, advertisements, maps, and technical drawing”.