Didar Karim joined the firm in October 1995 and has since then been involved in matters relating to Intellectual Property, particularly in connection with Trade Marks and Copyrights. He deals with matters relating to preparation, processing and prosecuting of applications, oppositions, rectifications/cancellations, infringements and all other related matters. Karim’s practice covers all aspects of IP protection and enforcement. Karim is specialized in trade mark counseling, clearance, filing strategy and trade mark portfolio management for clients in a variety of industries, including food products, pharmaceutical, banks, real estate service, construction materials, sports equipment, hotels, and other consumer products and services. In particular, Mr. Karim advises on brand protection and anti-counterfeiting strategies, domain name disputes and copyright protection.
Mr. Karim attends hearings in relation to oppositions, rectifications, applications (ex-parte) matters at the Trade Marks Office. He also attends the hearings at the Copyright Office in oppositions and rectifications matters. He has participated in litigation proceedings, while assisting senior counsel in the High Court in intellectual property matters. Mr. Karim is enrolled as an advocate with the Sindh Bar Council since 2004 and is a member of the Karachi Bar Association, High Court Bar Association, Pakistan Industrial and Intellectual Property Rights Associate (PIPRA). He is also a member of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) and a member of International Trademarks Association (INTA) (based on firm’s membership) and also a member of Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).
Acted in and advised on the maintenance, protection and enforcement of IP rights for local and international clients belonging to various sectors including but not limited to petroleum/oil, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, edible oils, banking and finance, computer technology, media and entertainment. Such work inter alia includes:
Filing and pursuing oppositions, rectification and invalidation actions before the Trade Marks Registry and Copyright Office in Pakistan.
Attending hearings before the Registrar of Trade Marks, Registrar of Copyrights and IP Tribunals for multi-national companies involving IP rights in Pakistan.
Acting in and advising clients in relation to IP litigation matters, such as preparing and pursuing civil actions for IP infringement, passing off and unfair competition and exploring settlement options before the IP Tribunals and Courts.
Advising clients in relation to border control measures, including initiating and pursuing enforcement actions before Customs Authorities.
Advising on the enforceability of domain names through civil actions and/or administrative proceedings under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy.
Advising clients in relation to IP litigation matters, including, in particular, filing, preparing and pursuing civil actions for IP infringement, passing off and unfair competition and exploring settlement options and represented clients before the IP Tribunals and Courts and has been successful in securing ad interim ex.