The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines yesterday announced that P13.32 billion worth of counterfeit goods were seized last year, up 70 percent from P7.86 billion in 2013.
IPOPHL Deputy Director General Allan B. Gepty, who oversees the inter-agency task force on IP enforcement, the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR), said last year’s confiscation was the highest on record.
In 2014, the IPOPHL visited 15 establishments, classified as follows: 5—by virtue of visitorial order issued by the IPOPHL, whereby it was found that 1 establishment was using mis-licensed software and 4 establishments selling counterfeit products and 10—by virtue of inspection order issued by the Optical Media Board that resulted to seizures of 16 + sacks of pirated DVDs and CDs, including 3 sacks of pirated computer softwares.
“IPOPHL commits to sustain the positive actions that have been undertaken to improve the intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement in the country,” Gepty said.
The Philippines’ removal from the USTR Special 301 Watch List in 2014 is a manifestation oaf the country’s efforts to build up the image of the country where intellectual property rights are fully respected and enforcement laws are complied.