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Intellectual Property Office of PNG Hosts Intellectual Property Rights Expert Group (IPEG) Meeting

04/03/2018

The Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) will play host to 20 other member economies in the Investment Experts Group (IEG) Meeting in Port Moresby this weekend.

The Investment Promotion Authority through the Intellectual Property Office of PNG (IPOPNG) hosted the Intellectual Property Rights Experts Group (IPEG) workshop and meeting last week.

The IPEG meeting focused on the work member economies are doing for the development of Intellectual Property (IP) within their economies.

The focus was to deepen dialogue on IP policy, survey and exchange information on the current status of IP protection and the administrative systems in place. Another focus area was on the availability of study measures on the effective enforcement of IP rights.

These discussions are part of APEC's strategies to fully implement the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement and facilitate any technical cooperation to help member economies implement TRIPS. IPEG is a working group under the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) and the meeting was part of the first Senior Officials cluster of meetings.
The IPO also facilitated a trademarks workshop on trademark infringement determinations in a border enforcement context held by United States.

The workshop was intended for participants from the 21 economies who are members of the IPEG and the Sub - Committee on Customs Procedures (SCCP). Although the workshop was targeted for Customs and Border Enforcement Officials, participants also included officers from intellectual property offices.

Some of the discussion topics were on the role of Government in addressing trademark misappropriation and infringement, how and why we should build relationship with enforcement violations into criminal cases.

The aim of the workshop was to enhance and identify protected trademarks and strengthen enforcement at the border for counterfeit and infringing goods. The workshop also aims to increase consumer confidence in product integrity, identify priorities of various parties and integrating them into a cohesive action plan.