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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 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.

Mundra Training 1Participants & Attendees

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 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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