P63 million worth of potentially counterfeit items were seized in a mall in the PhilippinesAAA IPRIGHT2
Recently, a P63 million worth of potentially counterfeit items were seized in a mall in Metro Manila, Philippines by the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR).
The National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR)
The National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) is an interagency body that formulates and implements plans and policies, as well as strengthens the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the Philippines.
The NCIPR is composed of 15 members with the Department of Trade and Industry as chairman and the IPOPHL as vice chairman and secretariat.
Chaired by the Department of Trade and Industry with IPOPHL as its vice-chair, NCIPR is also composed of the following:
- Department of Justice
- Bureau of Customs
- Food and Drug Authority
- National Bureau of Investigation
- Philippine National Police
- Optical Media Board
- National Book Development Board
- Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime
- Department of the Interior and Local Government
- National Telecommunications Commission
- Department of Information and Communications Technology
- Bureau of Internal Revenue
- Bureau of Immigration
The functions of the NCIPR:
- Intensify public information and education campaign on the importance of IPR to national development and global competitiveness.
- Intensify regular and effective enforcement against IPR violations, and allocate sufficient resources to ensure effective prosecution of pirates and counterfeiters.
- Maintain appropriate coordination with the Judiciary to ensure that courts are adequately skilled in intellectual property cases, and improve the adjudication of IP cases.
- Provide the Executive and the Legislative with policy and legislative proposals on IP laws, ensuring that these are in compliance with the country’s existing international obligations embodied in treaties and other agreements;
- Maintain a database and enforcement monitoring system, consolidate information and reports from other agencies, submit quarterly reports to the President, and provide copies to the Executive Secretary and the Cabinet Secretary.
The confiscation of P63 million worth of counterfeit goods
The investigation led by the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) has resulted in the confiscation of 755 phony Louis Vuitton items.
The seizure was aimed to remove the mall from the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) list of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy because the retail complex is the only market in the entire Philippines to be included on the list.
After the raid has been conducted successfully, the NCIPR has held a meeting with the officials from the management group to discuss and evaluate joint methods to eliminate counterfeiting activities in the halls.
Following the Memorandum Circular No. 2020-124 on IP protection published by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), an NCIPR member, each barangay and city is likewise urged to develop and execute an Anti-Counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy Policy (ACAP).
The Department of Interior and Local Government circular encourages all provinces, cities, municipalities, and barangays to enact an ordinance banning the sale, transfer, manufacturing, and/or production of pirated, counterfeit, and imitation goods, as well as heeding the guidelines of the Optical Media Board.
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