Mandated to facilitate legitimate trade and protect local industries, the Papua New Guinea Customs Services is also stepping up its efforts in monitoring and enforcing Intellectual Property Rights at the borders pursuant to the Customs Prohibited Imports Regulation 1951.
Once an entity registers its intellectual property over a particular good with the Intellectual Property Office of PNG of the Investment Promotion it becomes the right holder.
In doing so the entity may also seek to enforce its rights at the borders by applying to Customs under the Customs Prohibited Imports Regulation.
Refers to any Intellectual Property Rights as defined in the Copyright & Neighboring Rights Acts 2000 and any law on intellectual property such as trademarks, patents and industrial designs.
What are goods infringing intellectual property rights?
Any goods which are made, reproduced, or put into circulation or otherwise used in breach of the intellectual property laws and without the consent of the right holder or a person duly authorized to do so by the right holder.
Legitimate businesses that know of suspected infringers bringing in counterfeit, pirated and suspected goods should immediately contact IPR and Passenger Policy Section under the Compliance & Procedures Division of PNG Customs Services.
The section is responsible for monitoring and enforcement of IPR through the Recordation and Intervention process.
A right holder who has reasonable grounds to believe/suspect his IP rights are violated may seek Recordation valid for two (2) years by registering with Customs.
The intervention process follows after a detection made by Customs is verified by the right holder.
It is important to note that an applicant at time of been granted intervention shall provide security or prove that is has sufficient assets to compensate the owner of the goods and the Chief Commissioner for any loss or damage that may result from the wrongful suspension of customs clearance.
PNG Customs can on its own initiative suspend customs clearance and detain goods in respect of which there is prima facie evidence or reasonable cause to believe that an IPR had been infringed or the goods are protection-defeating devices.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ARE PRIVATE RIGHTS;