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Bodies sign copyright deal

Sheenal Sharma
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

A MEMORANDUM of understanding (MOU) on copyright laws was signed between the Fiji Intellectual Property Office (FIPO) and the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) on December 4.

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the agreement would essentially allow the ability to exchange information and share intelligence in respect to the number of areas that affected the intellectual property rights.

He said there was a lot of need to ensure that the private sector and the various owners of copyright had confidence within the Fijian jurisdiction.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the MOU would also help FRCA in revenue collection.

He said they needed to implement trademark laws to be able to attract foreign investment into Fiji.

"We want to demonstrate to the rest of the world that we are serious about protecting intellectual property," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said FIPO and FRCA would complement each other to ensure that intellectual property was protected in Fiji.

"Wherever there are loopholes and gaps by either of the agencies we will be able to cover that," he said.

FRCA chief executive officer Jitoko Tikolevu said they would work together to exchange information.

"It will also enhance our investigation capability by not only signing the documentation but also going further through enhanced capacity building on intellectual property," Mr Tikolevu said.





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