BPG organizes training session for Abu Dhabi customers inspectors

Press release
Published November 20th, 2011 - 08:10 GMT
BPG Chairman Mr. Abdulla Hasayen
BPG Chairman Mr. Abdulla Hasayen

The Brand Owners Protection Group (BPG), the largest non-profit organisation in the Gulf committed to combating counterfeit trade, has partnered with Abu Dhabi Customs by conducting a training session with 20 inspectors today, November 20, 2011, equipping them with the necessary tools to enhance the implementation of intellectual property (IP) protection rights in the capital.

Featuring presentations from BPG member brands including Unilever, Nestlé Middle East, Nissan, Daimler, Beiersdorf Middle East and Ford Motor Company, the training session’s focal point is to orient customs inspectors on the ways and means of distinguishing authentic products, which will guide them in implementing IP laws. The event also allowed the inspectors to gain insight into the brands and their products, and obtain more comprehensive knowledge of the various negative impacts of counterfeit and parallel products on society and the economy.

“This is the beginning of a very fruitful and enduring collaborative relationship between our member brand owners and Abu Dhabi Customs.  We are very excited about Abu Dhabi Customs’ decision to strengthen its IP monitoring process, and are supportive of the efforts made to ensure proper protection of intellectual property rights. We truly believe that this is a huge step in the right direction and look forward to future collaboration,” BPG Chairman Mr. Abdulla Hasayen commented.

This latest collaboration marks another milestone for the Group as it continues to expand its footprint and ramp up the collective battle against counterfeit trade through various joint activities in the GCC region. Earlier this month, the BPG held a training session in cooperation with the Dubai Department of Economic Development, which aimed to facilitate inspectors in detecting imitation goods in the Emirate.

Background Information

Brand Owners Protection Group

In 2005 a group of those alarmed at the continuous illicit replication of genuine goods and interested in the enforcement of intellectual property rights joined hands to form “The Brand Owners’ Protection Group”.

The Brand Owners’ Protection Group (BPG), a non–profit organization aims to use all legal means at its disposal to achieve improvement in the brand protection environment across the Gulf Region. The group focuses on education of the business community, consumers, media and interaction/collaboration with authorities – local, regional, and international – to strengthen the enforcement of those laws governing illicit trade in all its forms.

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