BAGUIO CITY - - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) calls on Baguio and Cordillera artists, creative, inventors and innovators to push for their right to ownership and register their intellectual properties to protect them from counterfeiting and piracy.
In the seminar,”Building a Competitive City through the Intellectual Property System” held recently, IPOPHL officials explained that copyright provides the owner economic rights which include reproduction, adaptation, rental and public distribution, display, performance and communication, as well as moral rights to attribution and alteration and moral rights against misattribution and distortion.
Copyright protection can be given to a literary or artistic work from the moment of its creation and the ownership rights will be protected until 50 years after the death of the owner.
Aside from a copyright for artistic and literary works, the IPOPHL also grants “Trademark” for businesses, “Patents” for inventions, “Utility Models” for minor inventions or development to existing invention, and “Industrial Design” for creative designs of furniture, glasses and others things.
IPOPHL also enjoined the participants in the fight against Intellectual Property (IP) crimes by not buying or supporting fake products; being vigilant on what they buy, read or watch; reporting any IP violation online or offline, and being an ambassador and promoting the importance of IP.
The forum conducted in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry – Cordillera, tackled introduction to IPOPHL and its new online system, IP protection for Baguio’s innovation and creative, branding the city’s products and services, IP rights enforcement and the IP pillar in the Cities and Municipalities
DTI – CAR OIC Regional Director Juliet Lucas also shared its IP - related programs and other initiatives in strengthening Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and youth entrepreneurs in CAR.
IPOPHL Director General Rowel Barba cited that through the activity, they hope that the city will further promote an environment that is highly conducive to generation and dissemination of ideas and entrepreneurial dynamism as foundation for a more innovation – driven and highly competitive Baguio City.(JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)