The Union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on 4 January 2017 launched an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Enforcement Toolkit for police in New Delhi.
This toolkit will be a ready reckoner for police officials across the country in dealing with IP crimes, specifically trademarks counterfeiting and copyrights piracy.
About IPR Enforcement Toolkit for Police
• In addition to details of offences under various laws, it provides for checklists for registering a complaint and conducting search and seizures.
• It lays down general guidelines for search and seizure in case of IP crimes.
• This toolkit will be provided to all state police departments across the nation and will assist them in dealing with the cases relating to Trademarks and Copyrights infringements.
• The toolkit has been jointly prepared by Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
Role of CIPAM in IPR Promotion
• The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) works under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) of the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
• The CIPAM is working to ensure effective implementation of the National IPR Policy 2016.
• CIPAM is collaborating with the International Trademark Association (INTA) to launch an IPR Awareness campaign for schoolchildren.
• The campaign would spread the message on IPRs in a creative and engaging manner through the use of presentations.
• The presentations consist of creatively illustrated posters and pamphlets which cover the basics on IPRs and the need to protect IPRs.
• In order to strengthen the Enforcement mechanism, CIPAM has also organized seven batches of training programmes for Police officials in Andhra Pradesh.
• A three-day training programme was organised for Assistant Police Officials (APOs) and Police Officials in Uttar Pradesh.
• During these training programmes, trainees enacted plays and participated in quizzes and other activities based on IPRs.
• CIPAM has also written to all the state police and judicial academies to undertake training of police and judicial officers on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights.
• CIPAM is actively facilitating international engagements in the field of IPRs.
• Two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on IPRs were signed with the UK and Singapore.
Where: New Delhi
When: 4 December 2016