• P35-M worth of pirated discs destroyed in Crame

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    SOME P35-million worth of counterfeit and pirated goods were destroyed by government authorities during simple ceremonies held in Camp Crame on Friday.

    The discs were seized by authorities during a five months of continuous operations against piracy and counterfeit products in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

    The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) used an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force in running over and destroying boxes of seized pirated DVDs, optical discs products and replicating machines.

    IPOPHL Director General Ricar­do Blancaflor said that seizure and destruction of pirated goods and counterfeit items shows seriousness in the efforts of the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) of combating piracy and counterfeiting.

    “For the period of January to May 22, 2013, there were a total of 960 reported enforcement operations conducted by the law enforcement agencies under NCIPR in 986 areas nationwide,” Blancaflor said.

    The official said that law enforcement agencies under the NCIPR conducted 790 inspections of retail outlets and production areas and 170 were by search warrants in which 17 were conducted in Binondo, five in Quiapo, one each in in Greenhills and Metrowalk.

    The combined enforcement operations resulted in the confiscation of 3,495,264 pieces of counterfeit and pirated goods that yield to an estimated total value of P1, 576, 060, 602, officials said.

    Blancaflor gave assurance to the public that the NCIPR will continue its quest to address the worldwide problem recognizing the fact that the brand owners are not the only ones affected by piracy.

    ‘Piracy affects not just our brand owners but also our government in terms of revenue losses aside from spending to run after infringers. The IPOPHL is also working hard to attend to the multiple challenges associated with combating counterfeiting and piracy,” Blancaflor said.

    Based on records, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) tops all IP enforcement agencies confiscating P793,199,200 worth of fake goods followed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) with P471,200,000 while the Optical Media Board (OMB) seized some P310,957,400 worth of pirated products. Anthony Vargas

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