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  • The competencies of over 150 government officers in intellectual property rights and enforcement have been significantly boosted following their participation in a just concluded three-day workshop.
  • The workshop was staged by the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Anti Trafficking in Persons, Intellectual Property Vice Squad, from July 29 to 31.
  • Topics covered included: ‘Intellectual Property Crime as a Transnational Organized Crime’, ‘The Fundamentals of Intellectual Property’, ‘Case Management’, and ‘Witness Testimony’.

The competencies of over 150 government officers in intellectual property rights and enforcement have been significantly boosted following their participation in a just concluded three-day workshop at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.

The workshop, which focused on the theme: ‘Toward Full Regional Compliance – Counter Offensive against Intellectual Property Crimes’, was staged by the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Anti Trafficking in Persons, Intellectual Property Vice Squad, from July 29 to 31.

Topics covered included: ‘Intellectual Property Crime as a Transnational Organized Crime’, ‘The Fundamentals of Intellectual Property’, ‘Case Management’, and ‘Witness Testimony’.

Participants included personnel from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Bureau of Standards, and Jamaica Customs Department.

Head of the Unit, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Carl Berry, said the workshop was primarily aimed at sensitizing law enforcement and other government officers on the subject.

“Focus was placed on intellectual property and (to) have them understand the crime itself, and to show the link between intellectual property crimes and transnational organized crime,” he explained.

In addition, Deputy Superintendent Berry said “we were able to get them to understand how to identify a genuine product from what is a non-genuine or knock off product.”

“So we had stakeholders such as Carreras Limited and GraceKennedy, and they gave graphic examples as to what to look for,” he further informed.