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Govt to intensify efforts to curb IPR abuses

April 02, 2004 - Daily Times


ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to intensify efforts to enforce the protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs) across the country, said a government statement issued here Wednesday.

The decision was taken in a high level meeting held here Wednesday chaired by Humayun Akhtar Khan, the commerce minister. The meeting was held to review the enforcement measures being taken by various government agencies for protection of intellectual property rights, the statement said.

The secretaries of commerce, interior and revenue division, representatives of chief secretary Punjab also attended the meeting.

Mr Khan informed the meeting that if the level of IPR protection were weak, it would discourage creativity and innovation among Pakistanis, who are endowed with tremendous mental and intellectual capabilities.

The other disadvantage was that inadequate IPR protection served to inhibit foreign investors from making large scale and long-term investments in Pakistan, particularly in the industrial sector.

After reviewing the current state of IPRs enforcement in the country, the meeting decided to intensify enforcement efforts immediately so that there was no doubt regarding the high priority the government attaches to the protection of these rights. Representatives of the law enforcement agencies attending the meeting, were asked in the first instance to focus on action against counterfeit products, especially pirated optical media like CDs, VCDs, DVDs and CD-Roms.

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