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2011 02 21 IPOPHL Newsletter

2011 02 21 IPOPHL Newsletter

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Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, Philippines, Intellectual Property, Copyright, Trademark, Piracy
Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, Philippines, Intellectual Property, Copyright, Trademark, Piracy

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE OF THE PHILIPPINES
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FEBRUARY 21, 2011
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PAGE 1
IPOPHL now in 10cities nationwide
 The Intellectual Property O
ce of the Philippines openedits 9th satellite office in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley last February 18.IPOPHL Director General, Atty. Ricardo R. Blancaflor, graced the launch at the DTIRegion 2 headquarters.IPOPHL is now located in 10cities nationwide, namely, Baguio,Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao,General Santos, Iloilo, Legazpi,Pampanga, Tuguegarao andMakati.
NEWSLETTER
IPOPHL promotes eco friendly disposal of pirated goods
Paris, France. – Atty. Ricardo R.Blancaflor, Director General of theIntellectual Property Office of thePhilippines (IPOPHL), aims to moveresponsible destruction of piratedgoods up the political and judicialagendas.In a paper presented before the 6thGlobal Congress on CombatingCounterfeiting and Piracy held lastFebruary 3 in Paris, France, Atty.Blancaflor stated, “It is part of ourresponsibility to dispose of seizedgoods in a way that does not harmthe IPR owner. Litigation can takeconsiderable time, exacting a heavystorage burden on the IPR owner.” IPOPHL broke tradition last year whenit destroyed some Php 1.7M worth of pirated discs, bags, books, computerparts and medicines at the PNPheadquarters through military tanks,road rollers, garbage shredders, wetmarket butchers and slashers, insteadof the usual burning. After seizure and destruction, IPOPHLsent the remains of the infringinggoods to power plant operators,crematoriums and rubber tire factoriesto use as coal and fuel. IPOPHL has also cooperated with theBattered Women Association Inc. toremove tags, metal components, andother materials from seized goods. Inthe aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy, re-tagged and re-packaged clothing wasdistributed to thousands of victims.  “Junk compact discs were alsorecycled and converted to everydayitems, including household products,building materials and auto parts.The advantage of all these methods isthat they add no additional expenseto the government. These methodscomply with the Clean Air Act and theinternational Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual PropertyRights,” according to Blancaflor. Under the law, IPOPHL may alsodispose of seized goods by selling them,donating them to distressed localgovernments or charities, exportingthem, or recycling them.
 
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE OF THE PHILIPPINES
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FEBRUARY 21, 2011
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IPOPHL LAUNCHES MASTERS OF LAW PROGRAMWITH ATENEO LAW SCHOOL
 The Intellectual Property O
ce of the Philippines
IPOPHL
 )
and the Ateneo de Manila Law School
 ALS
 )
launched the country’s first Masters of Law Degree in Intellectual Property Law 
Ll. M. in IPL
 )
with a signing of anagreement at the IPOPHL headquarters in Makati City last January 28. The
 
Ll. M. Program will be o
ff 
ered in the Ateneo Law School starting June2011. Aside from designing special lectures for the program, IPOPHL “will beo
ff 
ering scholarship grants to IPOPHL lawyers in order to upgrade the skillsof our own o
cials,” according to Atty. Blancaflor, Director General of IPOPHL. The Ll. M. Program is designed for lawyers who wish to acquire the skillsrequired to play a leading role in IP in the country. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students will be awarded a “Masters of Law Degree in Intellectual Property” by the Ateneo de Manila University and theIPOPHL.
Now on its third week, theLegal Adobo held a discussion onthe Madrid Protocol last February 17. The event was sponsored by the O
ce of Deputy DirectorGeneral Atty. Allan B. Gepty.Deputy Director General Atty. Andrew Michael S. Ong discussedthe Madrid Protocol and theMadrid Agreement.“By acceding to the MadridProtocol, the IPOPHL will makeit easier for Filipino trademarkowners to protect their brands inmultiple jurisdictions,” according to Atty. Ong.Under the Madrid Protocol, a trademark owner only needs to filea single international application written in one language andsubmitted to one o
ce, in thiscase, the IPOPHL. Theapplication fees need only to bepaid to one o
ce.Countries that accede to theMadrid Protocol share in therevenue of fees collected by theInternational Bureau. Trademarko
ces need not conduct a formality examination since theresponsibility then falls under theWIPO International Bureau.Legal Adobo, a flagship projectof the O
ce of Atty. Ong and theBureau of Legal A
ff 
airs, was firstlaunched on January 20 with Atty.Louie Calvario as the main speakeron the copyright amendment bills. The second session was heldlast February 10 with Atty. JesanRos and Ms. Nevah Velascodiscussing GeographicalIndications and TraditionalKnowledge.IPOPHL GOES TO ILIGAN CITY, LANAO DEL NORTE
Researchers from the Iligan Institute of Technology 
IIT
 )
, Marawi and Naawan campuses of the Mindanao State University 
MSU
 )
will converge on February 21, 22 and 23 in Iligan City to undergo a patent drafting seminar.“This will equip our researchers to prepare applications for patent protection over theirinventions and innovations,” said MSU IIT Chancellor Marcelo P. Salazar. The IPOPHL delegation consists of Ms. Rosa Fernandez, Engr. Chamlette Garcia and Engr.Eric C. Paden.
BLA HOLDS LEGAL ADOBO ON THE MADRID PROTOCOL

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