Attorney Director General of IP Philippines, Adrian Cristobal, was delighted with the news, saying: ‘This figure is the outcome of strengthened institutional linkage among NCIPR members who share vital information that yield successful raids.’
President Gloria Arroyo recently praised the work by the NCIPR and its associated agencies. So far in 2007, the NCIPR’s enforcement agencies conducted inspections at 870 sites, confiscating a myriad of items such as CDs, DVDs and electronic goods.
‘All these efforts are in line with the President’s directive of upholding intellectual property rights since this promotes diffusion of knowledge, develops local talent and creativity, and at the same time encourages more foreign investors to endow their strong qualities in the Philippine market,’ added Cristobal.
In a further move to combat piracy, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines has set up an electronic database available to IP enforcement agencies. The database contains detailed information such as criminal identification, categories of seized items and the type of violated law and charged offence issued. This also follows the recent unveiling of the Intellectual Property Research and Training Institute in the country – created to raise the awareness level of IP through education and research.
The National Committee for Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) in Philippines has announced that its member agencies have confiscated nearly four billion Pesos (approx. £42million) worth of counterfeited items since committee’s foundation in 2005.