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Online workshop organized by Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) in collaboration with National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) on “Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights by Indian Customs”, June 3rd, 2020

As India begins to navigate its transition into the ‘new normal’ with Unlock 1.0, the Indian Custom
authorities continue their relentless efforts for protecting borders from entry of infringing goods. United
IPR presented in the online workshop organized by Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) in
collaboration with the National Academy of Customs Indirect Tax and Narcotics (NACIN), Faridabad on
June 3, 2020 on “Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights by Indian Customs” for the officers of Indian
Customs. The workshop was attended by 60 customs officials from different ports across the country. It
commenced with a technical session delivered by Mr. Sudarshan Kumar Bansal, Senior Partner- United
IPR who discussed on the categories of IPR’s relevant for the Indian Customs and also illustrated various
modes in which infringement occurs. Whilst recognizing the importance and role played by the Indian
Custom authorities in the robust & effective implementation of the IPR laws at the territorial borders, he
also discussed the specific practical challenges in curbing the ever-increasing market for counterfeit and
pirate goods.
The workshop continued with a session which dealt with the regulatory framework under Indian legal
regime dealing with the procedure for registration, interdiction, suspension, determination and
destruction of IPR infringing goods. The participating officers were able to learn about the best practices
followed by other custom authorities in enforcement of IP Rights, specific inputs and intelligence of
suspicious consignments, doctrine of international exhaustion and the ways to prevent the entry of grey
market goods in the country.
The technical sessions were followed by presentations on behalf of various well-known brands by their
respective representatives who participated in the workshop with the aim to equip the custom officials
with vital inputs pertaining to distribution and supply chain of original goods, tips for detecting suspicious
consignments and various methodologies to aid the officials in differentiating between original product
from counterfeit. The representatives also appreciated the Indian Customs for their continued
cooperation in enforcing IP rights.
United IPR remains grateful to the Customs authorities who continue to work in the toughest conditions
and is proud to play a part in assisting the officers in discharging their mandate.

United IPR collaborated with the Indian Customs to organize the 1st Webinar Training on enforcement of IPR laws and product identification of participating right-holders with the Tughlakabad Customs, New Delhi, May 29th, 2020

The reach of Coronavirus has been felt across all facets of life, but this has not dented the spirits
of Indian enforcement agencies in carrying out their operations against counterfeit and pirated
goods. Utilizing its vast experience on capacity-building, knowledge-sharing and imparting
personal trainings, United IPR collaborated with the Indian Customs to organize the 1st
Webinar Training on enforcement of IPR laws and product identification of participating
brands with the Tughlakabad Customs, New Delhi, on May 29, 2020 which was attended
by approximately 30 Custom officials.
The opening remarks of the Webinar were delivered by Mr. Shravan Bansal, Senior Partner –
United IPR who hailed the work done by Indian Customs, shared some of the best practices
and addressed concerns on the practical difficulties encountered during the course of
investigating an IPR infringement case. While discussing the role of Indian Customs in IPR
enforcement, emphasis was laid on the expeditious destruction process, consistency in
valuation of goods and speedy adjudication of the cases.
The opening remarks were followed by presentations on behalf of various well-known brands.
The participating right-holders shared key inputs on the distribution and supply chain of the
products in addition to some of the identification features of their products. They also conveyed
their appreciation to the Indian Customs for the proactive approach, for the cooperation
extended to the right-holders, for the suo-motu interception of consignments containing fake
goods and for continuing with the excellent work even in the present times.
The closing remarks of the webinar were made by thanking the esteemed officers of the
Tughlakabad Customs for their participation. The second part of the webinar will continue on
Monday, 1st June, 2020 where more right-holders will be participating and the relevant
Circulars and Notifications under the Customs Act will be discussed.

Training organized by United IPR for the Officers of Sri Lankan Customs, March 12th, 2020

United IPR organized a training on Intellectual Property Rights enforcement laws in
Colombo, Sri Lanka on 12th March, 2020 for the Sri Lankan Customs Officers, the
first of its kind for officers in Sri Lanka.
The Training was presided over by Major General (Retd.) G. Vijitha Ravipriya,
Director General of Sri Lanka Customs and Mr. Sunil Jayarathne, Additional Director
General of Customs. The Training was attended by 56 Custom Officers of the ranks
of Superintendent of Customs, Assistant Superintendent of Customs and Appraisers
from various Directorates of Sri Lankan Customs such as Social Protection,
Preventive, CID, Exports etc.
The main objective behind the training is to get the Custom Officers to learn the best
practices followed by Custom authorities across the world for IPR Enforcement. The
course curriculum of training targeted on sensitization of various IPR laws for
Enforcement in Sri Lanka through interactive sessions of discussion on the practice
and procedure to be followed by Customs – from start to end and what’s in between.
In addition to encompassing the underlying statutory provisions and important
concepts, the focus centred around relevant notifications, case laws and other legal
principles dealing with enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights and product
identification techniques with the use of samples (both genuine and counterfeit) of
various participating brands.
The attending officers participated enthusiastically and shared constructive
feedback on the training by highlighting the significance of such trainings, where
officers can improve their knowledge, exchange experiences, learn ‘who to contact’
& ‘how to identify’ and discern best practices. The Director General of Customs also
stressed on the importance of cooperation between the authorities and right
holders as a support tool in IPR border protections and called for more such
trainings to be held at regular intervals

Training on Intellectual Property Rights enforcement laws with Chandigarh Police, November 14th, 2019

United IPR organized training on Intellectual Property Rights enforcement laws on 14th
November 2019 for the Chandigarh Police, the first of its kind for officers in the Union
territory of Chandigarh.
The Training was presided over by Mrs. Sita Devi, Deputy Superintendent of Police,
Chandigarh and by Mr. Harminder Singh, Inspector, Training, Chandigarh Police and was
attended by 46 Police Officers of the ranks of Deputy Superintendents of Police, Inspectors
as well as Sub- Inspectors across various jurisdictions in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.
The course curriculum of training targeted on sensitization of various IPR laws through
interactive sessions of discussion on the practice and procedure to be followed by Police
while conducting search and seizure actions under the Trademarks Act, 1999 as also under
Copyright Act, 1957. In addition to encompassing the underlying statutory provisions and
important concepts, the focus centered around relevant notifications, case laws and other legal
principles dealing with both Civil and Criminal Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights
and product identification techniques of various participating brands, across a wide spectrum
of the industry including cosmetics, footwear, eyewear, pharmaceuticals, electronics, fashion &
lifestyle and other FMCG sectors.
The Police Officers participated in enthusiastically and shared constructive feedback on the
training by highlighting the significance of sharing best practices and hands-on experience in
their anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy drives.

Session on the Role of the Police Officers in IPR Enforcement by Mr. Avi Bhandari, November 14th, 2019

Mr. Avi Bhandari, Advocate & Associate at United IPR, delivered a session on the Role of the Police Officers in IPR Enforcement at the Chandigarh Police Academy on 14th November, 2019. He shared his hands-on experience in anti-counterfeiting actions and also sensitized the Police officers about the social & economic impact of counterfeiting. In addition to the academic lectures, he also delivered product identification techniques for various brands across a wide spectrum of industry.

The session was very well received by the officers of Chandigarh Police and was highly interactive and engaging. This training session was the first of its kind organized for the Chandigarh Police Academy.

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Lectures on the concepts, registration & enforcement of Trademarks by Mr. Sudarshan Kumar Bansal, November 14th 2019

Mr. Sudarshan Kumar Bansal, Advocate and Senior Partner at United IPR, delivered lectures on the concepts, registration & enforcement of Trademarks, as well as Copyrights under the laws in India during the training on Intellectual Property Rights enforcement laws on 14th November, 2019 for the Chandigarh Police.The focus of his lecture was on the procedure and practice followed by Indian police in seizure of counterfeit goods. This training was first of its kind for officers in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

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Presentation on brand identification on behalf of various luxury watch brands and the leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of women-wear and beauty products by Mr. Dhirendra Singh, October 11th, 2019

Mr. Dhirendra Singh, Advocate and Associate at United IPR, delivered a presentation on brand identification on behalf of various luxury watch brands and the leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of women-wear and beauty products during his session to train the Customs Officers of Jawaharlal Nehru Custom House, Nhava Sheva on October 11, 2019 at Hotel Tunga in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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