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IPR Training with Tamil Nadu Police on 25th and 26th October 2018

  1. Venue:Tamil Nadu Police Academy, Vandalur, Chennai.
  2. The training was inaugurated and presided by: S. Santhi, Superintendent of Police, Tamil Nadu Police Academy and by Thiru. N. Baskaran, Inspector General, Tamil Nadu Police Academy.
  3. Number of Officers as Attendees:45 Police Officers of the ranks of Deputy Superintendents of Police, Inspectors as well as Sub- Inspectors from across various jurisdictions in the state of Tamil Nadu.
  4. Course Curriculum: Day 1 of the training entailed academic topics as mentioned below:
  • Provisions of relevant statutory provisions namely Trademarks Act 1999, Copyright Act 1957, Information Technology Act 2000, Indian Penal Code 1860, The Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 and Evidence Act 1872.

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.

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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