LAHORE – The Intellectual Property Organisation and Agriculture Department WTO wing will collaborate to protect plant breeders and farmers’ rights as well as protection of geographical indications and its use as economic tools to bring investment in agriculture sector.

This was disclosed in a meeting chaired by Azmat Ali Ranjah Agriculture Secretary here on Tuesday. Officials from IPO also attended the meeting.

Ranjah underlined the role of IPO in terms of renewed focus to create framework regarding Intellectual Property Management in Pakistan. He stressed for strong linkages between federal and provincial governments for Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) enforcement and taking measures against counterfeit agricultural products to bring foreign investment in agriculture sector. Earlier, Sajjad Ahmad, DG IPO-Pakistan, highlighted importance of IPRs, relevant legislation and advocacy services for stakeholders regarding IPR issues.

He said that the cooperation between IPO-Pakistan and WTO wing of Agriculture Department aimed to foster collaboration for development of agriculture sector by protecting breeders’ rights and taking advantage of natural monopolies like Basmati Rice under geographical indications and registration. It was also decided that joint awareness campaign by IPO and Agriculture Department would be lunched for the purpose.