THE Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) assured the public that it will continue its efforts to curb counterfeit products and piracy in line with the Duterte administration’s anti-crime and anti-corruption campaign.
The IPOPHL and the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) held a ceremonial destruction of counterfeit and pirated goods at the Philippine National Police Grandstand in Camp Crame in Quezon City on Monday.
“Fighting counterfeiting and piracy is fighting corruption and criminality,” said Allan Gepty, IPOPHL deputy director general.
“If there is a proliferation of counterfeit products and pirated items, expect that many local businesses will suffer and the revenues of the government will be affected,” he added.
IPOPHL has been trying to educate the public that fake and substandard products pose a danger not just to health and safety but also affect the economy of the country.
Josephine Santiago, IPOPHL director general, recognized the efforts of the NCIPR for their dedication and hard work to eradicate counterfeiting and piracy in the country.
“The delisting of the Philippines from the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Special 301 Watch List for three years now is not only IPOPHL’s accomplishment, but also a product of the concerted efforts of the NCIPR members, the business sector, brand owners, and the government as a whole,” Santiago said.
In 2014 Philippines was taken off the USTR Special 301 Watch List that reviews the state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement in trading partners of the US around the world due to the improvements in local IPR protection.
NCIPR has already seized and destroyed counterfeit goods with an estimated value of P2.8 billion from January to May this year.