ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is all set to host the first-ever an International Trademark Conference in the Federal Capital, commencing from December 5, to revolutionize trademark profession in the country.
The three-day long regional Conference on “Competency-Based Trademark Examiner” was being organized in collaboration with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPPO), Chairman, Intellectual Property Organization (IPO-Pakistan) Mujeeb Ahmed Khan said in a press conference here at IPO headquarter on Friday.
Mujeeb Ahmed Khan said the conference was aimed at increasing awareness regarding trademark examiner competencies considering the size, capacity, examination policy and practices of the office, besides tracking their training needs to match and avail training opportunities and resources more efficiently.
The core purpose of holding this conference was to convince another signatory of Madrid protocol convention regarding protection of Intellectual Properties for helping Pakistan in signing that International agreement. “The Protocol, signed by 140 countries, makes the country possible to protect a mark in a large number of countries by obtaining an international registration that has effect in each of the designated Contracting Parties,” he explained.
He hoped that the country would be the part of this system by June of the next year. The Chairman said the parliamentarians of the country would be sensitized on the international treaty one day before the conference.
Sharing details about the international event, he apprised the media that the conference would help boost competency of trademark examiners or heads of trademark experts coming from ten countries. “Pakistani trademark examiners will take benefit from the expertise of the examiners belonging to other countries”, he said.
It would also provide a platform to share their experiences with each other, he added.
About the number of participants, the Chairman said that fifteen participants of the conference included WIPO experts, International Consultants, and Heads of Trademark offices from Switzerland, France, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and Sri Lanka.
To a question, he said that it was the vision of IPO-Pakistan to put Pakistan on the Intellectual Property map of the world by promoting and protecting Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs).
He said that in the coming few months IPO-Pakistan would be entering in some major international treaties, which enable the organization to establish close linkage with its stakeholders especially academia and chambers of commerce.
To another question about IPR awareness, Mujeeb said that a comprehensive media strategy had been prepared to ensure maximum awareness among general masses, adding the media would certainly play a vital role for the purpose.
For enforcement, he said they had set up 10 supra committees at provincial level comprising of Provincial chief secretaries, Federal Investigation Agency, Custom, and other ancillary departments to ensure the protection of rights.
He said there were three IP tribunals functioning in the country and the IPO-Pak had proposed for two other special courts to ease the tendency of the pending cases.
The Chairman said they were mulling to introduce royalty package for artists including actors, musicians, singers and lyricist as providing by other countries.
International exhibition of China’s reforms put on display
ISLAMABAD: An exhibition of some 140 significant photos was opened here Tuesday at National Library of Pakistan, covering 40 years of historical routes, development achievements, win-win cooperation and Reforms in China.
The display offered the visitors a glance on China’s 40 years since reform and opening up by the pictures selected for the exhibition.
The event was organized by Cultural Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, China Cultural Center in Pakistan and National Library of Pakistan (National History and Literary Heritage Division) and co-hosted by China State Council Information Office and Chinese Embassy in Pakistan to celebrate 2019 Chinese Lunar New Year.
Joint Secretary National History and Literary Heritage Division, Junaid Ikhlaq, Cultural Counselor of Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to Pakistan, Zhang Heqing and Director National Library of Pakistan, Syed Ghayoor Hussain inaugurated the show while people from Chinese community and a large number of students were present on the occasion.
Director National Library of Pakistan, introduced the audience with cultural revolution and reforms in China, celebration of Chinese New year and Developments in China. This exhibition is an attempt to create a link between people of Pakistan and China.
It is important to understand the culture of each other to know more about people. China and Pakistan have strong bond of friendship comprising 70 years of relations, he said.
The opening ceremony was followed by a special acrobatic, robotic dance and cultural performance by the students of International Grammar School Islamabad. The performers presented the traditional vibrant attires of both Pakistan and China.
The exhibition is part of series of activities organized to celebrate Chinese New Year in Pakistan by Cultural Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Pakistan.
The exhibition will remain open for public till February 24.
Media called for maintaining identity of Urdu language
ISLAMABAD: Media can play a constructive role for maintaining the identity of Urdu language and promote Urdu literature among the young minds through quality content as well as supporting writers and scholars.
At basic level, it is the responsibility of parents and teachers to guide their students about the value of understanding the national language and create their interest in Urdu literature as if they can encourage them to speak English then they can also guide them towards Urdu but the media can also engage the young minds in literary activities,” said Mumtaz Ahmed Sheikh, eminent writer and poet.
Besides promoting and highlighting the works of poets and writers, media houses should set up coaching academies to train their reporters and other staff for proper delivery of speech in Urdu language that can serve the viewers to get education and inspiration from the quality content of the literature.
“Today some of the media persons cannot speak proper Urdu as they have less exposure to the choice of words and speaking power and it is the responsibility of media houses to improve their speaking skills and make the viewers rid from inferiority complex of not speaking Urdu in proper way,” he added.
Mumtaz Sheikh who also owns a quarterly literary magazine “Lowh”, was serving Urdu literature through publishing the works of old and new writers, poets and critics.
He said his gigantic venture Lowh is a gift for today’s students of Urdu literature. Working on his lifelong dream to serve literary circles with quality Urdu literature, Mumtaz Sheikh’s Lowh speaks all about his efforts and passion for preserving the literature.
“Lowh is such an effort that will keep on serving as a reference book for centuries and generations,” he said.
Promoting arts: KP govt to setup art gallery in Peshawar
ISLAMABAD: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to set up an art gallery in Peshawar at a cost of Rs 200 million.
A spokesman of provincial government said the government has completed the master plan of the gallery that will be equipped with state of the art facilities.
Cultural centers will also be established at all divisional headquarters of the province to promote the regional cultures and facilitate artists, the spokesman added.