Dubai / WAM
In H1 of 2017, Dubai Customs conducted 133 seizures of goods worth up to AED72.584 million that were found to have infringed intellectual property rights. Dubai Customs firmly acted against IPR infringements to protect society and the economy from counterfeit goods, and to support a compe- titive investment environment in Dubai by enabling producers to avoid losses arising from brand imitations.
The goods included electronic items, watches, glasses, clothing, fabrics, perfumes and cosmetics, as well as medicines and medical equipment, tires, auto spare parts, telephones and accessories, and computers and other imports. Yousef Ozair Mubarak, Director of IPR Department, said, “Intellectual property rights protection gains importance in the evolution of our national economy in the current stage, particularly with the UAE focussing on unleashing the spirit of creativity and innovation in government work and in society at large.”
Ozair pointed out that Dubai Customs equips its centres with the most advanced inspection equipment to efficiently guarantee
the best results in controlling and seizing counterfeit products.