Qatar’s battle against fake brands highlighted

March 10, 2014 - 4:55:55 am

Sheikh Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani (centre), Director of the Consumer Protection Department at the Ministry of Business and Trade, shows some original brands and their counterfeits to Major General Saad bin Jassim Al Khulaifi (right), Director General of Public Security, and Jean Michel Louboutin, Executive Director of Police Services, Interpol, at an exhibition on the sidelines of the forum at the Crown Plaza Hotel yesterday and (Right) one of the  brand product and its counterfeit at the expo to create awareness. Salim Matramkot

Doha: 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. The Peninsula

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