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Dubai Customs resolves 390 IP disputes, recycles counterfeit goods for 221 brands in 2022

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Dubai Customs resolves 390 IP disputes, recycles counterfeit goods for 221 brands in 2022

Dubai Customs, represented by the Intellectual Property Department, resolved 390 IPR disputes that included 14.788 million counterfeit items in 2021. The Department also recycled 2.112 million counterfeit items for 221 brands, and registered 437 new trademarks and 189 trade agencies last year.

To raise awareness around the importance of intellectual property rights, the IPR Department organized 8 community awareness activities and 11 events for schools and universities, and organized 10 workshops on combating counterfeiting in cooperation with trademark owners.

“We are continuously developing our skills and performance to combat counterfeit goods and prevent their entry into our local market with the help and cooperation of our strategic partners,” said Yousef Ozair Mubarak, Director of IPR Department. “At the same time, we are active in raising awareness around protecting and preserving intellectual property rights, and towards this end we organize lectures targeting all social segments and target customs inspectors with training workshops to help them gain more hands-on experience on how to recognize genuine products from fake ones. Combating counterfeiting will help protect the society from the hazards of counterfeit goods, and attract more investments into the country.”

About Dubai Customs

Dubai Customs is one of the oldest governmental departments. Previously known as farada (collection of taxes and duties imposed on the imported goods), Dubai Customs was named “The Mother of the Departments” for its long history. Some current governmental departments took offices in the old customs building and were financed by the revenues collected by the customs department. The departments developed to have their own buildings later on.
With more than 100 years in operation, Dubai Customs went through several phases before institutionalization in the reign of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who has established an official office to manage Dubai affairs in the first floor of the customs building. This reflects the importance of the customs department and its position in the Emirate of Dubai renowned for trade and traders.
Dubai Customs continued the organizational development and gained good reputation at the regional and international levels. By virtue of its advanced infrastructure and state-of-the-art management facilities and services, Dubai was a destination of choice for investors and businessmen. On 1 April 2001, Dubai Customs entered a new stage when the Late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai issued Law No. (1) Of 2001 establishing the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation i.e. merger of Dubai Customs, Dubai Ports and Free Zone Authorities.
On 1 May 2001 HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-president, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who was then Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defense and President of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation issued a decree appointing Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem as an Executive Chairman of the Corporation. Being a part of a major corporation contributing to Dubai’s economy, Dubai Customs started to reconcile its new organizational position. To do so, a comprehensive review to its structures and operations was conducted.