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08ISLAMABAD1898 2008-05-20 09:28:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Islamabad
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LAHORE IPR SEMINAR A SUCCESS

Tags:   ECON ETRD EFIN EINV KIPR PGOV PK 
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON, ETRD, EFIN, EINV, KIPR, PGOV, PK
SUBJ: LAHORE IPR SEMINAR A SUCCESS

1. SUMMARY: Post and AmConsul Lahore organized a seminar on the
relationship between intellectual property rights (IPR) and its role
in Pakistan's economy at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry
on May 13, 2008. The seminar brought together government officials,
students, academics, trade associations and members of the private
sector to exchange views on protection of intellectual property
rights and its importance to Pakistan's economy. The seminar drew
about 150 people. Participant feedback indicated that the seminar
successfully presented the economic benefits that Pakistan could
derive from greater intellectual property protection and also
highlighted the challenges still remaining. End Summary.

2. Embassy Islamabad and AmConsul Lahore organized a seminar on the
link between intellectual property rights (IPR) and the growth of
Pakistan's domestic industries on May 13, 2008 at the Lahore Chamber
of Commerce and Industry. EconCouns opened the seminar and IP
Attache, AmEmbassy New Delhi, gave the inaugural address. Eleven
other speakers also participated, representing both Pakistani
government agencies and industry. Among the speakers were
representatives from the Intellectual Property Organization, the
Copyright Office, Customs, Federal Investigation Agency, the
National Academy of Performing Arts and the judiciary as well as
representatives from the legal profession, book publishing, and
pharmaceutical industries. A representative from the International
Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI) also spoke. Acting CG
Lahore hosted a dinner in honor of the speakers.

3. Issues discussed included: economics of IPR, enforcement,
government initiatives, copyright, and protection of Pakistan's
cultural patrimony. The best speaker of the day was Arshad Mahmood,
the Director of Programs at the National Academy of Performing Arts
and a noted Pakistani composer and musician. Discarding his
prepared remarks on the need for collection societies in Pakistan,
he made an impassioned plea for greater IPR protection, arguing that
everybody has a role to play in not stealing the creations of
artists and innovators. Driving the point home, Mahmood remarked
that he was unable to make money as an artist in Pakistan since his
works are always pirated.

4. The event was well-attended by an audience made up of about 150
business, economics, and legal students, members of government
agencies, academics, legal and business professionals over the
course of the day. The seminar also generated substantial
electronic and media coverage. Questions and debate were lively,
including several questions on pricing structures as well as
detailed questions on the enforcement process and its results. The
focus remained primarily on Pakistan's industry and enforcement
efforts and concerns that pharmaceutical, book, software and music
pricing place legitimate goods out of the reach of the majority of
Pakistanis. There were only one or two questions about Pakistan's
elevation to priority watch list and whether IPR protection is
solely for multinationals.

5. COMMENT: The seminar highlighted that piracy remains a serious
problem in Pakistan and that there is still a lack of understanding
of IPR in the public. Post will continue to follow up on the issue.
End Comment.

PATTERSON