Intellectual Property Office vows to step up anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting efforts

May 7, 2013 10:11 pm 

MANILA, May 7 — The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL) has vowed to “work harder” in its quest to end piracy and counterfeiting in order to remove the country from the United States Trade Representative piracy watch list.

In a statement, IPOPHIL Director General Ricardo Blancaflor vowed “vigorous efforts” to address the strict enforcement of the intellectual property rights by the law enforcement agencies of IPRs in the country.

He said “law enforcement agencies involved in IPR work…will work harder in fighting piracy and counterfeiting,” Blancaflor said.

Blancaflor added IPOPHIL has been successful in addressing piracy and counterfeiting activities in the country with “a record breaking volume of seizures” two years ago and with the passing of the internet treaty law last March 22.

In its latest Special 301 Report, the Philippines was retained on the ordinary watch list of IPR violators due to Washington’s piracy concerns over the Internet.

IPOPHIL hopes that the Philippines will be removed by the USTR from the watch list after Washington’s conduct of an off-cycle review.

The National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights area confident that the additional requirements can be addressed in the immediate future,” Blancaflor said. (PNA)

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