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Safeguarding Local and International Community and Economy
Dubai Customs strongly believes in the producers and the creative thinkers’ rights in the different fields whether industrial, commercial or literary. It has seriously taken the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) into consideration through firmly combating the smuggling of counterfeit and fake goods and products and all that threatens public health and safety of the local community and the Emirati people or violates producers and trademark owners’ rights. Dubai Customs is also keen on maintaining international trade’s legitimacy, as Dubai is considered a focal gateway for Western and Eastern trade movement.
DC has made great efforts in educating and raising awareness of the IPR and the hazards and harms of using counterfeit products on the community and the health of its members. A number of workshops were conducted for a wide range of society segments. They were held at schools and universities across the UAE as well as shopping centers and clubs. In addition, customs inspectors receive training courses throughout the year in order to increase their knowledge and understanding of how to differentiate between original and fake goods and original and duplicate trademark. Such workshops take place in participation with the trademark owners themselves which reflects positively on the inspectors’ competencies and their efforts in protecting the local community and maintaining the Emirati people’s health and safety.
IPR Department at Dubai Customs
The first unit of its kind in the Middle East. Its importance comes from being a federal law enforcement body, such as laws pertaining to IPR protection and securing the 21 main land, sea and air entry and exit points.
The IPR Department commenced its operations on June 30, 2005, under a decision issued by the Director of Dubai Customs. The IPR Department is based in the DC’s main building.
It was established as an independent administrative unit at DC to keep pace with the state’s policy as well as demonstrate DC’s strong commitment to protect intellectual and industrial property rights, in fulfillment of international agreements and treaties, namely the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). The IPR Department applies the Common Customs Law of the GCC States.
Duties of the IPR Department
The IPR Department undertakes the following functions:
The theme “Together for a Better Protection” taken by the IPR Department has substantiated the concept of teamwork with the goal of establishing a single chain linking efforts being made by advocates, trademark registration agents, trademark owners, trademark producers and manufacturers, federal ministries and authorities and local government departments, competent chambers of commerce and customs centres. A smooth coordination between stakeholders and concerned authorities is aimed at achieving maximum possible protection of IPR.
The IPR Department made a number of successes and achievements including but not limited to:
What is the Objective of Training and Education in the Area of IPR?
To educate inspectors about the meaning of IPR, distinction between authentic and counterfeit trademarks, learning about trademarks production line and identifying problems and challenges facing inspectors and the relevant agencies and how adverse aspects can be addressed. Such workshops aim as well at sharing ideas and information, disseminating knowledge economy and viewing and benefiting from the experiences of other competent departments, ministries and organizations.
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