Most intellectual property violators operate online


Majority of reported intellectual property violators in the country from January to September this year were operating online, according to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

IPOPHL director general Rowell Barba said their office  received a total of 139 reported intellectual property infringements in the first nine months of 2020, exceeding the 129 reported cases received between 2015 and 2019.

Of the reported intellectual property violations this year, 79 were online – 53 from Facebook, seven from Shopee, six from Lazada, three from YouTube, and one each from Carousell, Instagram, and Vineyard.

Barba said seven other reported violators were caught operating in other online platforms. IPOPHL also reported 43 complaints about counterfeit goods and 41 about piracy, and 51 other intellectual property infringements  involving counterfeit and piracy.

As the number of complaints on intellectual property infringement this year exceeded the reports for the past five years, Barba said they call for new rules to expand online monitoring authority.

He saod their Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Office (IEO) proposes updates to the 2013 Rules and Regulations on Enforcement.

“The primary objective of the revision is to add more disruptive enforcement functions to the IEO on obvious online counterfeiting and piracy in its coverage, coordinating with the National Telecommunications Commission to take down intellectual property rights offending posts, monitor marketplaces proactively based on IPOPHL findings, and elevate issues found to intellectual property rights owners,” he explained.

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