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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 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.

IPR Training with National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN), Mumbai on 23rd October, 2017

United IPR Training in Mumbai

United IPR organized a hugely successful training session on behalf of right-holders as a part of its commitment towards capacity building measures aimed at fostering the objective of anti-counterfeiting

Introduction

In the wake of the ever-increasing international trade, Customs has broader accountability towards border control and IP protections, since there cannot be an any better solution for IP protection than seizing counterfeit goods at the border itself.

After conducting IPR training at various ports across India, United IPR organized a training session at the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN), Mumbai which consisted of lectures on IPR laws & the role of Customs in IPR enforcement & product identification techniques of various brands with the probationary officers of the Indian Revenue Services (IRS), who would assume crucial roles and responsibilities at various Commissionerates and will be at the forefront in border protection measures.

Objectives

  • Streamlining the IPR enforcement mechanism in the country;
  • Stimulating increase in the number of interdictions on account of IPR violations in the country;
  • Equip the upcoming officers with the relevant contact points in case of seizures or queries about IPR Enforcement;
  • Share crucial identification tips with the officers and develop intelligence against fakes based on the inputs shared by the right-holders;

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Prominent Attendees

The training was held at NACIN, Mumbai on 23rd October 2017 which was presided over by the Mr. Girish Tilwe, Assistant Director – NACIN (Mumbai) and attended by approximately 40 probationary officers from the Indian Revenue Services (IRS). The participating right-holders included L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, Apple, Nike, Coty, Nivea, Audemars Piguet, Bvlgari & Vans.

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Outcome

Thereby, such enforcement training lead to increased awareness about IP rights amongst officials of enforcement agencies, which also includes customs, which in turn assists them in handling cases relating to IPRs in their day-to-day functioning.