The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has urged traders not to sell counterfeit products in the markets of the sultanate. Recently, some traders had been discovered dealing in counterfeit products, which includes perfumes, watches, footwear, bags and telephones.
This is an illegal act and infringement of intellectual home rights, MoCI has mentioned. Ali bin Hamad bin Saif al Mamari, head of Intellectual Property Rights Monitoring Department of MoCI, mentioned, “The ministry received a number of complaints about counterfeiting of trademarks protected inside the sultanate. Some traders gave the pretext that they did not know about the rights of the trademark owners. The ministry carried out inspections and seized a number of counterfeit products.”
He mentioned that according to Article 16/two of the Unified Trademarks Law of the GCC nations issued below Royal Decree 33/2017, the owner of a trademark can avoid other people from making use of his or her trademark with out prior consent. It also calls for payment of compensation for the loss brought on due to violation of the correct.
Mamari mentioned these who violate the rights of trademark owners would be punished by imprisonment for a period of not much less than a single month but not a lot more than 3 years and a fine not much less than RO500 but not a lot more than RO100,000, or either of the punishments.
Information Source: Muscat Daily