Intellectual Property Rights

SC ends trademark confusion

Published by rudy Date posted on June 26, 2021

by Mary Ann LL. Reyes (The Philippine Star), 26 Jun 2021 Just recently, the Supreme Court put to an end the long-standing debate on whether the so-called holistic test can still be used by courts in determining whether or not trademark infringement has been committed.

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IPOPHL, NCIPR lauded for PH exclusion from IPR piracy watchlist

Published by rudy Date posted on May 10, 2020

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1102406 MANILA – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez commended the 12-member National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR), which he leads, for the Philippines’ seven-year exclusion from the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) counterfeiting and piracy watchlist, a positive positioning that helps ensure the country’s continued enjoyment of the US’ preferential…

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EU removes Philippines from priority watchlist

Published by rudy Date posted on January 27, 2020

by Louella Desiderio (The Philippine Star), 27 Jan 2020 MANILA, Philippines —The European Union (EU) has removed the Philippines in its list of countries with weak intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement.

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Kat.ph seizure raises specter of Cybercrime Law’s ‘takedown clause’

Published by rudy Date posted on June 17, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — The highly controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 may be suspended for now, but recent moves by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) raise the specter the IP office’s new powers enable the cybercrime law’s “takedown clause.”

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IPOPHL seeks removal from US piracy watchlist

Published by rudy Date posted on February 19, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is seeking the removal of the Philippines from the US piracy watchlist. IPOPHL has submitted its comment on the accomplishments of the government to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) as the USTR starts its Special 301 review process on the state of intellectual…

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Not a matter of bad luck

Published by rudy Date posted on February 7, 2012

When presidential adviser for political affairs Ronald Llamas was caught on camera buying pirated DVDs, the public reacted with amused incredulity. Ang malas naman nya! What bad luck!

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RP in ‘notorious markets’ list of US copyrights group

Published by rudy Date posted on November 3, 2011

The Washington-based International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) has named the Philippines among 10 countries with notorious havens for piracy, raising the possible reinclusion of the country in the priority list of the yearly review of copyright violators of the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) Office.

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Phl dubbed ‘ASEAN champion in IPR enforcement’

Published by rudy Date posted on October 24, 2011

MANILA, October 24 (PIA)– The efforts of government and the private sectors to address and fight counterfeiting and piracy in the country is finally gaining recognition in international circles as groups from abroad and non-governmental organizations have dubbed the Philippines as the ASEAN champion in intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement.

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Software piracy costs $278M in RP for 2010

Published by rudy Date posted on May 16, 2011

The piracy level on personal computer (PC) software remains at a high 69 percent in the country but the cost from the copyrights violation rose from $141.7 million in 2007 to $278 million in 2010, according to the Business Software Alliance’s (BSA) recently released 2010 Global Software Piracy Study.

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Asean seeks to strengthen antipiracy drive

Published by rudy Date posted on May 9, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign ministers of Association of Southeast Asian (Asean) member-states will seek to strengthen further the regional and global campaign to combat piracy and violations of intellectual property through the development of multilateral and bilateral arrangements, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday.

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Govt blames malls, brand owners for IPR piracy

Published by rudy Date posted on May 6, 2011

THE lack of cooperation from brand owners as well as mall operators where counterfeiting is prevalent deters the government’s anti-piracy efforts, according to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

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US keeps Manila on IPR piracy list

Published by rudy Date posted on May 4, 2011

DESPITE inroads in intellectual property rights (IPR) legislation, the Philippines’ anti-piracy efforts were deemed lacking, hence the country remains on the US’ piracy watch list for the sixth year in a row.

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Manila’s inclusion in piracy list pushed

Published by rudy Date posted on March 11, 2011

A US-based intellectual property alliance is pushing for inclusion of the Philippines in the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) priority watch list of piracy dens.

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US ties labor, IPR issues to garments bill

Published by rudy Date posted on March 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – U.S. authorities have raised labor and intellectual property rights issues of the Philippines as deterrents to an early passage of the proposed garments and textile bill “Save Our Industries Act”, which seeks to revive the textile and garments industries of both the U.S. and the Philippines.

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Phl retained in ordinary IPR watchlist by USTR

Published by rudy Date posted on March 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines –  The Philippines has been retained in the ordinary watchlist of the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) said.

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Quiapo included in ‘notorious’ piracy list

Published by rudy Date posted on March 2, 2011

THE Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has tagged Quiapo district in Manila as among the 33 “notorious” Internet and physical piracy “hot spots” requiring intensified anti-piracy efforts.

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US group pushes Manila’s inclusion in list of IPR hot spots

Published by rudy Date posted on February 18, 2011

A US-BASED intellectual property alliance has asked the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) to place the Philippines in the Priority Watch List of piracy hot spots.

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Cost of counterfeiting to reach $1.7 T by 2015 – ICC report

Published by rudy Date posted on February 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The global economic and social impacts of counterfeiting and piracy will reach $1.7 trillion by 2015 and put 2.5 million legitimate jobs at risk each year, according to a new report released recently by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

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RP anti-piracy ‘strides’ cited

Published by rudy Date posted on January 4, 2011

… but more needs to be done, says US pharmaceutical group A WASHINGTON-based group of drug firms has retracted its earlier petition to the United States government that the Philippines be placed on the priority watch list of countries notorious for intellectual property (IP) violations.

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Phl removal from US watchlist sought

Published by rudy Date posted on December 19, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) will seek the removal of the Philippines from the watchlist of the US Trade Representative as a country that sells counterfeit goods.

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US group lists top Philippine ‘pirate’ dens

Published by rudy Date posted on November 11, 2010

A coalition based in the United States and engaged in protection of intellectual property has tagged several areas in the Philippines as “notorious” markets for “pirates.” In its comment submitted to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) for the 2010 Special 301 Out of Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, the International Intellectual Property…

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RP to generate 1,000 jobs, P19-B income if piracy is curbed—study

Published by rudy Date posted on September 28, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Over 1,000 jobs will be generated and P19.2 billion added to the economy if software piracy will be reduced in the Philippines by 10 percentage points, an independent study revealed on Tuesday.

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IP agency taking a proactive approach

Published by rudy Date posted on August 31, 2010

THE INTELLECTUAL Property Office (IPO) is implementing a new strategy involving the use of Customs laws and the possible creation of a specialized police unit in the effort to end piracy, an official last week said.

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RP software industry loses $217 million in 2009 due to piracy

Published by rudy Date posted on May 20, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) disclosed yesterday that the Philippine software industry lost $217 million last year due to software piracy.

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RP PC software piracy rate remains at 69%

Published by rudy Date posted on May 17, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The fight against software piracy in the Philippines remains crucial as the software piracy rate or installations of unlicensed software in personal computers (PCs) in the country remained unchanged at 69 percent from 2007 to 2009.

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Software piracy rate unchanged since 2007–BSA

Published by rudy Date posted on May 12, 2010

THE software piracy rate in the Philippines stood at 69 percent last year, unchanged since 2007, according to the Asia-Pacific regional office of the Business Software Alliance.

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RP aims to be removed from US piracy watch list by next year

Published by rudy Date posted on May 3, 2010

RP aims to be removed from US piracy watch list by next year … But setting up special courts to handle infringement cases may take some time THE PHILIPPINES is batting to be removed from the United States’ annual watch list of countries notorious for copyright piracy by 2011 after it figured once again in…

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Philippines remains on piracy watch list

Published by rudy Date posted on May 3, 2010

DESPITE high-profile raids and publicity stints, the Philippines has fallen short of addressing violations of intellectual property rights (IPR) in the country, according to the US government. In its Special 301 Report released April 30, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) retained the Philippines on its Watch List, citing Manila’s “ineffective enforcement of…

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Why people buy pirated DVDs

Published by rudy Date posted on April 6, 2010

I’d like to share a letter e-mailed to me over the weekend which somewhat illustrates that, in our country where pirated DVDs abound and where few have moral or legal qualms about buying them, sometimes theatre owners are hardly helping the cause of the movie industry against piracy.

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Gains in IPR protection not enough to remove RP from USTR watch list

Published by rudy Date posted on March 28, 2010

The Intellectual Property Coalition (IPC), an umbrella organization of private intellectual property (IP) stakeholders and associations in the Philippines, cited the continuing efforts of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IP Philippines) and the enforcement agencies in protecting intellectual property rights IPR in the past year, but noted that these were still not enough…

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