| James Kon |
SUGGESTIONS that were made by participants during a question and answer session relating to safeguarding public health from pirated cosmetic products and medicines as well as the need to raise more awareness among the public on the protection of intellectual property rights, took place yesterday during the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) National Workshop, which was held for local law enforcement officials at the Rizqun International Hotel.
The question and answer session followed the presentation of a topic entitled, ‘The Legal Framework for the Enforcement of IP Rights in Brunei Darussalam,’ which was facilitated by Nur Ahmad who represented Associate Ahmad Isa & Partners.
A representative from Microsoft Brunei said that a “proprietor like Microsoft would like to work together in collaborating with the Brunei Darussalam Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) or the Attorney Generals Chambers to further raise awareness on intellectual property rights. Microsoft is the only multinational software company in Brunei and we take piracy very seriously.”
In response, Nur Ahmad agreed and cited that “BruIPO has already done quite a lot to convey the message on protection of IP rights, for example, on the piracy of CDs or DVDs. I have attended some talks organised by BruIPO and we hope to see more progress on raising awareness.”
An official from the Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Board suggested that consumer protection needs to be worked out in cooperation with the proprietors of copyrighted trademarks and the relevant government agencies.
Nur Ahmad agreed with this point but added that from her experience, it would take a while as “we haven’t gotten there yet” due to lack of communication between the Ministry of Health, police enforcement agencies and border control posts.”
Also covered in her presentation were the various IP regulations in play within the Sultanate.