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Govt set to introduce Pipro bill in parliament

April 09, 2004 -The News Internet Edition

ISLAMABAD: The government is set to introduce a draft bill for Pakistan intellectual property rights organization (Pipro) in Parliament soon. The cabinet in its Wednesday meeting approved the draft bill to set up Pipro paving the way to introduce it in Parliament.

The organisation is visualized as a single government agency responsible for protection of all forms of intellectual property rights including trade marks, copyrights and patents. Resolving the issue that which ministry /division will have organisation’s overall administrative responsibility, the cabinet decided it would be placed under the administrative control of the Cabinet Division.

Pipro’s establishment was announced in 2002-03-trade policy following foreign countries constant demand for curbing the menace of piracy of various goods in Pakistan. It was aimed at providing all the intellectual property rights requirements under one organization, which are currently being provided by three different ministries.

Officials said Pakistan’s trade mission in Washington had also communicated to the government that the environment for enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRS) in Pakistan was a major issue of concern for investors in the United States.

The US has already placed Pakistan on super watch list, which indicated a highest level of piracy of products in the country. The major piracy was so far observed in computer programmes, books and CDs.

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