From October 26–30, 2015, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL) and the National Committee on IP Rights (NCIPR) hosted the annual Intellectual Property Rights Week Celebration (commonly referred to as “IP Week”).
Over the years, the event has drawn an increasing number of local, regional, and international delegates from the IP and business communities, with over 1,000 participants at last year’s event. The focus of the 2015 IP week was on cross-border challenges and cooperation between nations, predominately regarding regional and international challenges relating to IP protection, enforcement, and adjudication. The organizers invited foreign speakers to share their respective country’s experience in discussions on the latest issues and developments in the Philippine IP enforcement. Attendees included Mr. Hideyuki Morooka of the Japan Patent Office, Mr. Nam Ngo Thien, the IPR Attaché for South-East Asia of the Embassy of France in Singapore, Mr. Louis Bonnier and Atty. Jean-Pierre Maeder of the Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP), among others.
The opening of the IP Week Celebration kicked-off with the 5th Philippine Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Summit, operating under the theme “Building Cooperation across Borders”. Participating on behalf of INTA, member Bienvenido Marquez (Quisumbing Torres) spoke on the “Brand Protection and Enforcement: Challenges and Best Practices” panel. Popular topics during these panels were IP enforcement involving multiple jurisdictions, and customs enforcement and Internet enforcement, particularly on the role and responsibilities of Internet intermediaries in counterfeiting and piracy.
On October 29, Marquez also participated on two panels at the Second ASEAN Regional Meeting on IPR Enforcement: “A view from the Trademark Owners” and “Exploring Public-Private Partnership in the Fight Against Anticounterfeiting”. This meeting, organized with the support of INTA, was attended by the newly-appointed Director General of IPOPHIL Josephine R. Santiago, representatives from national IP Offices, customs officers from nine ASEAN Member States, the Enforcement Team Leader of the EU Observatory in the Fight Against Counterfeiting and Piracy, as well as members from the Office of Harmonization of the Internal Market (OHIM). The meeting served as a follow-up to the ASEAN Consultation Meeting on IPR Enforcement organized under the ECAP Project in the Philippines in 2014. The objective of the meeting was to exchange information on various topics of IPR enforcement, with a special focus on customs and border enforcement, online piracy, the need to facilitate data exchange among the AMSs, and tools—such as the Enforcement Database (EDB) and the Anti-Counterfeiting Intelligence Support Tool (ACIST)—which would allow enforcement-related data to be available to enforcement officials and rights holders in the fight against counterfeiting.
For more information on INTA’s involvement in the Intellectual Property Rights Week Celebration, as well as on Anticounterfeiting efforts in East-Asia and the Pacific, contact Maysa Razavi, Advisor, External Relations – Anticounterfeiting, at email@example.com.