| James Kon |
A SENIOR official from World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Geneva yesterday commended Brunei Darussalam’s legal framework on protection of intellectual property rights as very solid. She also noted the need for rights’ owners to do their part in lodging their complaints in order for the relevant enforcement agencies to take action.
Louise Van Greunen, Director of Building Respect for Intellectual Property Division from WIPO in an interview with the Bulletin at the WIPO National Workshop on building respect for intellectual property for law enforcement officials said, “The legal framework in Brunei is very solid and the next step is to get the involvement of enforcement agencies, however, we need the assistance of the rights’ owners.”
Although the government has sufficient legal framework, she added, “Currently, there is insufficient assistance from the right holders to come forward to bring in criminal actions. The right holder has the right to use the legal framework as they play a vital part.”
In protecting consumer and public safety, she highlighted, “We are also looking at other related regulatory law on public health as well as consumer protection which run parallel together. The need for cooperation among law enforcement agencies are required to achieve this. Besides safeguarding public health and safety, it can also create a conducive environment for foreign direct investment.”
On stopping pirated products from entering the country on the border front, she revealed, “Each World Trade Organisation (WTO) members should have a procedure in place for right holders to deposit information to help Customs officials to identify pirated products before the products can enter into the country.”
On cooperation with WIPO, she said, “We can provide training and invite officials from Brunei to attend it. We can make sure that the officials from Brunei are involved in Asia-Pacific training activities. We can also help create awareness.”
Touching on the important role of enforcement officers, she said, “Enforcement officers have an important role to play and they need to take into account the interest of consumers. In order to attract foreign investment, investors’ rights need to be protected.”