Dubai Authorities Fed Up with Counterfeits

Dubai Authorities Fed Up with Counterfeits

In order to combat counterfeiting and trademark violations, the “Intellectual Protection Advisory Board” has been formed by the Department of Economic Development (DED), in Dubai.

The DED is charged with the responsibility of cleaning up Dubai from counterfeit products and ensuring consumers buy original goods. The new board will be headed by a DED official, with members representing different industry sectors. It is said to be the first-of-its-kind public-private partnership in the world to protect intellectual property (IP), aiming to strengthen Dubai’s reputation as a competitive business destination and to enhance UAE’s position across global competitive rankings.

The Board will meet quarterly on a regular basis to discuss counterfeiting issues and to devise strategies to combat them. The Board will also focus on educating and training people to raise awareness of intellectual protection.

Many fake print consumables, manufactured in Asia, are shipped to Dubai and other Middle Eastern destinations, to be used locally as well as being distributed to other parts of the world.

“Intellectual property protection is integral to a healthy and competitive business environment. Dubai has taken great strides in recent years in creating local and global partnerships to identify and eliminate counterfeit goods. The Intellectual Property Protection Board is a critical addition that will help consolidate our efforts in IP protection,” said Mohammed Rashed Ali Lootah, Executive Director of the Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in DED.

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