IPR training for cops, customs men

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MEMBERS of the Royal Brunei Police Force and Royal Customs and Exise Department attended a two-day training of “Capacity Buil-ding on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Enforcement” which began yesterday.

The initiative aims at enhancing the capacity of the administrative enforcement agencies, particularly police and customs, in dealing with IPR enforcement and in developing training and information awareness activities in the region.

The training provides a platform for police and customs personnel to facilitate the exchange of best practices and inter-agency coordi-nation as well as to share best practices on IPR enforcement based on a “train-the-trainer” concept that will enable partici-pants to disseminate their newly acquired expertise among wider audiences in their respective departments.

Held at the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) building, the programme was facilitated by two foreign experts namely Daniel Koener, Chief Inspector of Luxembourg Customs General Directo-rate, and Todd Clements, Detective Chief Inspector from the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

The guest speakers touched on wide ranging topics pertaining to IPR enforcement, including the role of customs in IPR enforcement, problems associated with policing and intellectual property crime as well as cooperation and coordination in the framework of IPR enforcement. They also ran through possible options on holistic approaches in tackling IP crime and collaborative approaches in IP crime investigation, said a statement issued by BEDB.

The training was hosted by BEDB through the Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO).

The programme was one of a series of seminars held under the EU-ASEAN Project on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (ECAP III Phase II). The activity is aligned to the first strategic goal of the ASEAN IPR Action Plan 2011-2015, which focuses on promoting the enforcement of IPR in the region, whereby the ASEAN member states have agreed on an initiative to develop and implement a Regional Action Plan on IPR Enforcement.

Also in attendance during the event was the Brunei Darussalam Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO)’s Director General Shahrinah Yusof Khan. The seminar continues today.

The Brunei Times