ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) held an Intellectual Property (IP) workshop for law enforcement agents and public prosecutors here in view of furthering IP rights enforcement in the region.
A total of 100 participants from various law enforcement bodies were briefed on the IP law, latest trends, and enforcement of the best practices that will help to safeguard markets from counterfeit goods and piracy.
Likewise, a product identification workshop was conducted to help the participants better identify counterfeit goods.
In a press briefing, IPOPHIL Director General lawyer Teodoro C. Pascua noted that the agency primarily aims to promote awareness among the Filipinos on the respective IPs that they make and provide spaces for their local patents in the market.
“We are conducting this kind of campaign in order to capacitate our law enforcement agents in the implementation of IP rights protection
based on the Republic Act 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines,” said Pascua.
He also lauded the participants in the said workshop as they have imbued a deeper understanding on the IP, confining this matter to the aggravated portions of violations which are the counterfeiting and piracy.
Pascua explained that counterfeiting basically applies to those consumable goods, while piracy covers those content such as film, music, radio broadcast, and the like.
Also, in line with the two-day IP workshop, which runs on November 28 to November 29, the IP Rights Enforcement Office (IEO) views to create linkages among local government units and learning institutions to create their Anti-Counterfeit and Anti-Piracy (ACAP) policies that will help boost activities in transforming exemplary ideas into tangible and valuable IP assets.
It could be noted that the IPOPHL is an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) which administers, implements, and reinforces protection on the IP rights as prescribed by the governmental policies. (JBG/AGP/PIA 6)