The Jordan Times
By Mohammad Ghazal – Apr 25,2013 – Last updated at Apr 25,2013 –
AMMAN — Counterfeit brand clothes, shoes and bags top the list of forged materials in the local market, according to the Jordan Customs Department (JCD).
The department seizes about one-million counterfeit items annually, Musa Musleh, assistant director of the JCD tariff and agreement directorate, said at a seminar on combating counterfeit trademarks and protecting intellectual property rights (IPR) on Thursday.
He added that counterfeit brand-name clothing, shoes and bags represent about 25 per cent of forged goods in the local market, followed by cosmetics and electronics.
Referring to JCD programmes to protect IPR in the country, he said that the number of IPR violations in several fields has dropped over the past few years.
In 2012, there were 750 IPR violations in various sectors, compared to 850 in 2011 and 1,000 in 2010.
Jordan Institute for Standards and Metrology Director General Haydar Zaben said the institute’s anti-counterfeit unit destroyed more than 100,000 fake trademarks in less than one year including watches, chemicals, electronics, industrial material and toys.
Zaben noted that Jordan is signatory to several agreements on the protection of copyrights.
In his address at the event, National Library Department (NLD) Director General Mohammad Abbadi said the department has launched a campaign on the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day, annually marked on April 26, to crack down on software piracy in the country.
Under the campaign, stores will be warned against violating IPR laws and the dangers of selling pirated items, he said.
Abbadi added that the NLD has seized more than 182,000 pirated items since the beginning of the year and referred about 160 cases of IPR violations to court.
At the seminar, which several experts attended, Sana Jaser, anti-piracy lead at the Microsoft Jordan office, stressed that protecting IPR motivates innovation, enhances competitiveness and strengthens the country’s investment climate.
She added that the information technology sector in Jordan is growing rapidly and contributing to the national economy, noting that protecting IPR in the field is a necessity that requires the cooperation of all.
Jaser also underlined the need to raise citizens’ awareness on original items and counterfeit materials, in addition to the risks of using pirated software.