The Federal Customs Authority (FCA), in collaboration with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Institute of Training and Judicial Studies in the UAE held the second annual Forum on Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR Forum) at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai, UAE.
A number of distinguished international speakers including representatives from the World Customs Authority, German and French Customs all shared their respective experiences in the global fight against fraudsters and counterfeiters. The private sector was also well accounted for in the shape of senior brand protection figures from international companies such as Louis Vuitton (luxury), Daimler (automotive) and Procter & Gamble (pharmaceuticals) all contributing to the success of the event.
H.E. Khalid Al Bustani, Acting Director General of the Federal Customs Authority, said that the forum will highlight the role of national institutions in assisting to preserve these rights, with a substantial emphasis on the role of the customs sector in combating counterfeiting and piracy. Mr Al Bustani applauded the practical usefulness of recent technological developments in the IPR field, in particular highlighting the IPM Mobile programme. The IPM Mobile programme is an intuitive, ‘smart’ device suite that provides a ‘real-time’ communication link between front line Customs Officials and the individual brand rights holders; allowing for a more efficient transfer relating to the authenticity of goods passing through the ports.
In his closing message, Mr Al Bustani acknowledged the immense responsibility anchored to the position of the IPR forum in acting as a fertile platform for the exchange of knowledge and best practices in the field of Customs globally and re-affirmed the UAE’s unwavering commitment to the protection of Intellectual Property Rights.