Intellectual Property enforcement is a constant challenge before the enforcement authorities around the globe. The skills to focus on and hit at a constantly moving target are not only acquired by practice but also learnt from the masters of the game. For this reason, sharing intelligence and best practices among world’s leading Customs remains a desirable strategy. Nevertheless, a durable and trust based relationship between Industry and Customs has been found to be equally fruitful in dismantling gangs of IP criminals who have been proved to have links with patterns of serious organized crimes.
During our interactions with Customs officials across the country, a need to come up with a booklet on Intellectual Property Rights laws was realized. Customs officials are entrusted with the responsibility of enforcing a plethora of rules and regulations, with newer responsibilities clamoring for recognition. Intellectual Property Rights being a new field of activity, the awareness of the same has not yet reached the desired levels. It is therefore attempted to bring a basic text on IPR Laws without spelling much of legalese and with very few foot notes. The idea is to present information relevant to a Customs Officer and that too in a nutshell.