Business in Pakistan

Foreign Arbitral Awards for Pakistani Businesses

Deciding about the application of the correct mechanism for the enforcement of an arbitral award depends much, in law, upon the type of arbitral award itself. The choice of the correct mechanism hinges upon invoking the jurisdiction of the court of law which possesses the legal jurisdiction to take up the enforcement matter and rule upon the same.

US Consulate Launches IPR Toolkit Created by AFMalik Law

The Intellectual Property Rights Course & Toolkit for Business Incubators in Punjab, developed by the AFMalik Law Partners, Advocate Ammara Farooq Malik and Barrister Ahmad Farooq Malik, was launched on 26th April, 2019 at the US Consul General’s Residence on the occasion of the World Intellectual Property Day 2019.

Business Process & IP

By Ammara Farooq Malik, Partner AFMalik Law. Though a one size fit for all is not possible, however a general guideline can be provided on when and where the intellectual property must be registered in the process of business formation. Business process and IP in each step: Step 1:                  Inception of idea for business Action Item:       Read up on IRR or engage an IP lawyer/ expert. Many business owners feel that because they have come up with an exceptional idea, it belongs to them. It ‘could’ belong to them and that is where engaging an expert comes into play. Reading up on what IP means is a useful first step to understand your rights. However engaging an expert goes a long way in ensuring that any important aspect of your intellectual property has not been overlooked which can cause you massive losses in business, down the line, if left unchecked. Step 2:                  Creation of formula for product and/or production process                                 (if applicable). Action Item:       Apply for Patent Registration Now that you have your idea, the second step will be to create your secret formula for your product. This could be a unique manufacturing or production process, a unique recipe or formula for a medicine. In this case you should seek advice on how to register your patent. If your business does not have a unique formula or manufacturing process, then this step will be skipped. Step 3:                  Creation of trademark for business/ brand Action Item:       Apply for Trademark registration Each business must have a brand name under which it will be selling its… Read More »Business Process & IP

Domain Names & Efficient Dispute Resolution

The DNDRC entertains complaints against domain names with “.pk” ccTLDs which are either existing as a result of cyber-squatting or by some habitual infringer of intellectual property rights. The remedy for the rightful owner of the domain name consisting of the trademarked word is either to file a civil suit in a court of law and seek permanent injunction or it may file a complaint before the DNDRC