Pakistan Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ali and Associates organise workshop on Intellectual Property, Brand Protection, Company Formation and US Legal System

Karachi, August 13, 2014 (PPI-OT): PAJCCI as a part of its series for holding informative sessions, organized half day workshop on Intellectual Property, Brand Protection, Company Formation and US Legal System in collaboration with Ali and Associates on August 12, 2014.

To acquire global perspective on the said topic, Mr. Harold L. Novick, who is a senior partner at Novick, Kim and Lee PLLC, was specially invited from USA. Other speakers included Mr. Karimullah Adeni, Partner, Ali and Associates and Mr. Khalid Hidayat Khan – Director General, Trade and Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and former Registrar Trademarks, IPO Pakistan.

Mr. Karimullah Adeni, Partner, Ali and Associates after giving insight over IPR stature and challenges in Pakistan and Asian context said that in recent years Trademark and IP issues are taken very seriously and improvement is observed in this sector in Pakistan.

He also established that well-known do not only engage themselves in getting their brands legally registered in Pakistan but a lot of them have properly registered their marks in countries of exports to tap the due benefits and escape the challenges in case their marks remain unregistered. Nonetheless the legal system regarding IP and Trademark in Pakistan will still take some time to fully settle as organizations are in process of understanding its importance.

Mr. Adeni emphasized that even though a lot of brands have registered their marks internationally but due to lack of marketing and communication from their end, consumers and other stakeholders are unaware of it.

He also placed few examples of strong Pakistani brands facing immense difficulties in international market due to lack of awareness of their marks, this has though enhanced value of IPR and protection mechanisms across the corporate landscape of pakistan.

Ms. Faiza, Secretary General – PAJCCI deliberated upon several challenges faced by Pakistani businesses in Afghanistan in context of IPR and Trademark registration. She also established that “First to register gives significant advantage to companies over those who are First to invent”. Additionally, companies before entering the new territorial zones must protect their identity in that country by registering in order to avoid competitive takeover of their identities.

Mr. Khalid Hidayat Khan – Director General, Trade and Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and former Registrar Trademarks, IPO Pakistan delved upon the importance of Trademark and IP registration that safeguards the brand identity and consequently enhances its visibility both locally and globally. He reiterated that challenges are variable in different territories and under his tenure as a Registrar; he had focussed greatly on awareness of the issues attached with the lack of registration especially before moving into a different zone.

Mr. Novick elaborated that in recent years, it is understood that Patents is a great security against undue competition and timely, high-quality patents greatly promote investment in innovation and foster economic growth. The competitive drive of a dynamic marketplace raises the introduction of new and improved products and processes, whose identities if are not protected can demoralize the sentiments of inventors. In contrast, delays, uncertainty, and poor patent quality can create barriers to innovation.

He emphasized that careful calibration and balancing of patent policy and competition policy can best promote incentives to innovate and secure the high end businesses. He shared global examples of powerful brands that at first also faced immense challenges in US – a developed market. He also contrasted between the terminologies, context and procedure pertinent to IPR, trademark and brand protection across Pakistan and US.

For more information, Contact:
Pakistan Afghanistan Joint Chamber Of Commerce and Industry
Tel No: 021-99218024-7,
Fax: 021-99218028,
Email: info@pajcci.com

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