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SAIP controlling the Infringing Facilities in the Kingdom

26-01-2021

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia.

In continuation of the Saudi efforts to protect and enforce intellectual property rights, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP), in cooperation with the General Security, has launched inspection campaigns across Saudi Arabia with the aim of controlling commercial stores that violate intellectual property rights regulations. During January 2021, 11620 items violating creative rights were seized, including electronics, computer programs, sound recordings, and printed works (student services).

The campaign was launched by conducting preliminary surveys and more than 440 visits of mystery shoppers to targeted areas. In accordance with the laws and regulations in Saudi Arabia, establishments that violated intellectual property rights and prohibited or exploited goods were identified.

In the same context, SAIP has launched a parallel campaign aimed at inspecting websites to verify the extent of their compliance with intellectual property systems. Legal measures was taken against infringing websites that amount to blocking them. As a result of this campaign, more than 355 websites were inspected, of which 77 were proven to violate intellectual property systems. Accordingly, these websites were blocked.

The campaign came as an extension of the periodic field tours carried out by intellectual property inspectors on commercial establishments to combat the violation of property rights and to control the performance of service providers. In cooperation with partners from the government and private sectors, intellectual property inspection is done by means of continuous awareness-raising, inspection campaigns, knowledge of violators, and the punitive legal measures against them.

Source: Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP)

How can TLG help?

TLG IP Enforcement Team deals with all matters related to Intellectual Property Rights of Brand Owners. The Team has been taking care of the brand protection activities of various internationally recognized companies through the enforcement of their related IP Rights in the MENA and Levant region.

We work closely with the Authorities carrying out raid actions against counterfeiters and as part of training exercises for local Enforcement Authorities in their respected countries. In the course of market sweep raids, we train Enforcement officials to identify general characteristics of the Brand, distinguishing characteristics between genuine and counterfeit products, their distribution routes in the market and other relevant information. Such sweep raids and training activities help familiarize Authorities with the details of the brands and their products which in turn facilitates effective brand protection.

TLG is mobilized to protecting consumers from counterfeit goods by taking effective action as and when required. For any assistance, please contact us at inquiries@tlg.ae.