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Online webinar on “Enforcement of IPR laws by Police, Best Practices and Brand Identification” for the officers undergoing training at the Rajasthan Police Academy, June 9th, 2020.

In the midst of Covid-19 outbreak, United IPR collaborated with the Rajasthan Police Academy
and conducted an online webinar on “Enforcement of IPR laws by Police, Best Practices and
Brand Identification” for the officers undergoing training at the Rajasthan Police Academy on 9th
June, 2020. The webinar was attended by more than 60 officers. It commenced with an academic
session delivered by Mr. Sudarshan Bansal, Senior Partner-United IPR, highlighting the general
concepts of IPR and the role of Police in enforcement thereof. He focused on the practice &
procedure to be followed by the Police officers while conducting search & seizure action under
the Trade Marks Act, 1999 and Copyright Act, 1957. Mr. Bansal also stressed that the menace of
counterfeiting and piracy demands a stern consideration of the enforcement agencies to build
capacity of their officials at various levels specially the IPR cells of State Police Forces.
The second session was delivered by Mr. Gaurav Gogia, Senior Associate-United IPR, who
discussed relevant notifications, case laws and other legal principles dealing with both civil and
criminal enforcement of IPR. He also shared specific guidelines to be followed by Police officers
whilst registering a complaint for IPR infringement, during a search & seizure action and how to
ensure conviction for the offenders.
The webinar also featured the participation of representatives of different right holders who
provided key inputs for identification of original and counterfeit products. This was followed by
an extensive workshop on brand identification techniques on behalf of various brands.
The Police Officers participated enthusiastically and shared constructive feedback in the question
answer session held during as well as upon the conclusion of the webinar. The closing remarks
were made by the Additional Director of the Academy Mr. Saurabh Kothari, who appreciated
this unique endeavor and encouraged similar collaborative efforts for the welfare of probationer
officers at the Rajasthan Police Academy.
United IPR is committed in its quest for assisting the Police authorities in facing the
unprecedented challenges that may be posed in the post lockdown environment.

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.

Training for law and engineering students of Bennett University, NCR, India, October 1st, 2019

To address the issue on ‘Impact of counterfeiting on consumers, society, economy & right-holders and the initiatives taken by the right-holders to enhance the brand’s capacity in minimizing the penetration and sale of counterfeits throughout India, United IPR organized a training for law and engineering students of Bennett University, NCR, India on 1st October, 2019.

Our Managing Associate, Mr. Rishi Bansal, in addition to the above issues, emphasized the underlying objectives of IPR Protection, perils of counterfeiting, procedure for IP protection, enforcement and prosecution and landmark cases on IPR Enforcement and Litigation.

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Session on the brand identification techniques for various apparel and footwear brands by Mr. Dhirendra Singh, January 30th, 2020

In an IPR training organized by United IPR for the Officers from Patparganj Customs and other ICDs (under the jurisdiction of Patparganj Commissionerate) on 30th January, 2020, Mr. Dhirendra Singh, Advocate & Associate at United IPR delivered a session on the brand identification techniques for various apparel and footwear brands. While having discussion on the issues related to counterfeiting, infringement and the associated health hazards, this interactive session enlightened the Custom Officers on key identification features of the genuine products to assist them with preliminary examination while detaining the imported goods.

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Training on enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights with Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Mumbai Zonal Unit, November 27th, 2019

United IPR organized training on enforcement of IPR laws with DRI, Mumbai Zonal Unit that aimed at
sensitization of the Custom officers with the relevant legal provisions, judicial precedents and product
identification of various brands, counterfeits of which are being imported into the country. The focus was
on the procedure and practice of IPR enforcement by Indian Customs and on the socio-economic impacts
of counterfeiting.
The training was organized at the Office of DRI, attended by approximately 40 officers and presided over
by Mr. Rajesh Pandey, the Learned Principal Additional Director General, DRI, Mumbai Zonal Unit.
The training session was participated by right-holders from various industry spectrum including high-end
apparels and accessories, personal care, sportswear, cosmetics, luxury watches and other FMCG groups.
The attending DRI officials were extremely enthusiastic and shared key suggestions like inviting even
more sectors from the industry, giving a collective list for identification features which are relevant not
only at the territorial borders but also for the e-commerce platforms, creating a provision where the
seizure details are readily available and indicating that similar training sessions should be held
periodically. The attendees further shared constructive feedback on the various guidelines and
mechanisms shared on behalf of the right-holders including devising a mechanism for collection and
disposal of used containers in order to negate their misuse for refilling of counterfeit products.
We are confident that such capacity building endeavors will enable the officers to meet the twin objective
of “who to contact” & “how to identify” and will pave way for a robust IPR enforcement regime in the
country.

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.

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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