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Posted On: 10 March 2014 04:26 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:14 pm

Qatar’s battle against fake brands highlighted

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Qatar is taking necessary steps to check counterfeit products and prevent commercial frauds and violations of intellectual property rights.

“The Ministry of Interior is focusing on preventing these crimes. If such a crime happens, then we take measure to control them. We have prepared a road map to control crimes related to counterfeit products and violations of intellectual property rights,” said Major General Saad bin Jassim Al Khulaifi, Director General of Public Security.

Addressing the ‘Interpol Regional Programme to Counter Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Intellectual Property Crimes’ forum yesterday, he said, “Qatar is making all efforts to combat commercial frauds and violations of intellectual property rights and is cooperating with Interpol.”

Experts from more than 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa are attending the three-day forum .

They will discuss challenges and solutions with regard to trafficking in illicit goods, fake products and intellectual property crimes. Al Khulaifi said the regional programme will strengthen international and regional efforts to combat the trade of illicit products.

“Qatar is a key partner and playing an important role in initiatives and operations of Interpol,” said Jean Michel Louboutin, Interpol Executive Director of Police Services. There is need to strengthen local, regional and international partnership to deal with these crimes, he said.

He said the Middle East and North Africa region needs the partnership and efforts because it is the target for illegal exports and products.

Captain Nawaf Mohammmed Hassan Al Otabibi from Economic Crimes Combating Section at the ministry, said the public is being made aware of counterfeit products through campaigns.

Ali Mohammed Al Ali, Regional Specialised Officer, NCB Coordination Sub-Directorate for the Middle East and North Africa, said cases of violations of intellectual property rights in Qatar have come down in the past few years.