Union Government launched IPR Enforcement Toolkit for Police
The IPR Enforcement Toolkit is one of the measures undertaken by Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) to strengthen the IP ecosystem in the country.
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.