Manual to help fight piracy cases out

Posted at 10/24/2012 8:22 PM

MANILA - The Intellectual Property Office Philippines (IPOPHL) on Wednesday launched a manual meant to aid law enforcers and prosecutors dealing with intellectual property cases.

The Manual for the Investigation and Prosecution of Intellectual Property Cases is expected to "boost" capabilities of officials handling intellectual property cases, the IPOPHL said in a statement.

"The said manual was introduced to solve the issues often encountered by law enforcement agencies and state prosecutors such as weak build-up of IP cases, lack of proper identification of infringers, and other factors that lead to the dismissal of cases in courts," the agency said.

Moreover, the manual will be a source of standard procedural guidelines for cases of intellectual property infringement, counterfeiting, and piracy.

Aside from being a help to law enforcers and prosecutors, IPOPHL said the manual can be a comprehensive resource for the general public, media, the academe and other stakeholders in understanding intellectual property rights and procedures.

With the release of the manual, IPOPHL Director General Ricardo Blancaflor said efforts of the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) is expected to be strengthened and increase the amount of confiscated counterfeit goods.

Despite the value of confiscated goods reaching only P4.1 billion in the nine months to September, 17.5% below last year's level, Blancaflor sees the amount to rise in the fourth quarter as the holiday season is "the time when most of the fake items proliferate in the market."