The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Sri Lanka hosted a panel discussion on Counterfeit and Piracy at Hilton Colombo Residencies on May 26th, 2015.
The panel consisted of Ceylon Tobacco Company’s (CTC) Head of Legal Mr. Ranjan Seneviratne, Dr. Kumudini Gunasekare Project Scientist at the Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI), Dr. Kusal Senanayake Glaxo Welcome’s Head of Sales, Ms. Geethanjali Ranawaka Director General of the Sri Lankan National Intellectual Property office (NIPO) and Attorney at Law Mr. Sudath Perera who is a member of INTA, International Trademark Association.
Ms. Amice van der Burg-Dissanayake who is a Strategist and Commercial lawyer with John Wilson Partners Attorneys at Law & Notaries Public and also a member of INTA was the moderator.
The panel spoke about experiences they face in their own industries and on how to combat them, the panel supports the government’s initiative to educate the public on patenting and trademarks. They also expressed the need for the public and private sector to work together especially the need to educate law enforcement authorities.
Mr. Felicio Ferraz the Vice President of AmCham concluded that having heard the experiences and feedback from the panelists, the time has come to assess and plan how Sri Lankan companies strategically leverage their valuable IP for beyond respecting inward IP the focus now equally concern the growth of the economy, the export of IP - in a strategic effort to attract FDI.