Dubai Customs, Japanese partners reaffirm efforts to combat counterfeit goods

DUBAI, 2nd December, 2017 (WAM) -- As part of its efforts to boost UAE trade and enhance protection of trademarks through combating counterfeit products, Dubai Customs’ IPR Department took part in a workshop organised in Dubai by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in coordination with Japan External Trade Organisation, JETRO.

In an address delivered during the event, Yousef Ozair Mubarak, Director of the IPR Department, said, "The UAE takes the protecting intellectual property issue very seriously to help individuals and corporates utilise their efforts and innovate and develop their ideas in a clean, competitive atmosphere. By doing so, we are following the directives of our leadership and the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, of making creativity the primary catalyst to our economy."

"The UAE is amongst the top countries in protecting intellectual property and fighting piracy," he added.

133 seizures of IPR-infringing items were carried out by Dubai Customs in the first half of 2017, valued up to AED72.6 million.

Mubarak highlighted that Japan was Dubai’s fourth biggest trade partner in the first nine months of 2017, with approximately AED28 billion in imports. "This is why we support and develop our trade with Japan in every possible way, including combating illegal and counterfeit products," he concluded.

WAM/Nour Salman