ISLAMABAD: The intellectual property enforcement agencies unanimously resolved to improve the IP image of Pakistan at the international level by introducing revolutionary steps in the field of enforcement.
The resolve came during a meeting held at the Intellectual Property Organization (IPO-Pakistan) attended by the stakeholders of IP enforcement agencies. The meeting was chaired by IPO-Pakistan Director General Muhammad Irfan Tarar.
IPO-Pakistan Director Enforcement Muhammad Ismail gave a detailed briefing about the lines for improvement of IP image of the country at an international level by adopting certain pro-active approaches.
Referring to various reports, he said that ‘International IP Index’ of the US Chamber of Commerce, ‘The Global Innovation Index’ by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and ‘Annual Competitiveness Report’ of World Economic Forum have given the IP situation in different countries including Pakistan in their recent publications.
IPRE Pakistan Customs Director General Saleem Ranjha suggested that the image of Pakistan will be improved by sharing progress reports with Pakistan’s missions in different countries about factual position of IP situation in our country.
IPO-Pakistan Executive Director Muhammad Naseer stressed that the annual reports of enforcement agencies must be shared with Pakistan missions in different countries.
The meeting decided to improve reporting system and coordination process among different government organisations in order to improve Pakistan’s ranking at a global level. In addition, the meeting also voiced enhancing cooperation with multilateral international forums like WIPO, World Trade Organization (WTO) etc by sharing annual progress reports. The meeting rejected the report of Global Intellectual Property Centre (GIPC) based on wrong indications.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 31st, 2017.