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IPOPHL to Promote IP Education in Higher Academic Institutions

MANILA, Apr 26 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is seeking to integrate intellectual property (IP) education in the curriculum of higher academic institutions in the country.
Date: 26 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Request for Comment on the Draft Rules of Procedure for IPOPHIL Mediation Outside Litigation

This is to notify that the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines invites the public to submit comments/suggestions to the draft Rules on Mediation Outside Litigation not later than 15 April 2019.
Date: 29 March 2019; Type: Circular; Source: Intellectual Property Office of The Philippines

IPOPHL pushes for Registration of Online Sellers

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is pushing for the registration of businesses that are selling their products online to protect intellectual property (IP) rights in the country.
Date: 18 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte signs Law allowing Simpler Patents for Farmers

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill that seeks to ease restrictions on agricultural free patents issued to farmers.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

IPOPHL brings IP-focused MCLE Program to Cebu

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) will be mounting the 2019 edition of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) this March in Cebu, to expand its education drive and reach out to IP practitioners in the Visayas.
Date: 13 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Globe backs Bill to block Websites facilitating Online Piracy

MANILA, Jan 10 (PNA) - Globe Telecom and the international Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) have come out in support of a Senate bill aiming to deter online piracy in the country by blocking Internet websites that illegally distribute copyrighted material like videos, music and gaming.
Date: 10 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

IPOPHL eyes to ease Limitation on Accessible Formats

MANILA, Jan 4 (PNA) - More persons with disabilities (PWDs), not only the blind or visually-impaired, may soon have wider access to alternative information materials as the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) eyes relaxing certain rules on copyright protection, thus, liberalizing the mass production of materials in "accessible ...
Date: 04 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PH accedes to the Marrakesh Treaty

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has secured wider access to novels, textbooks, and other printed materials currently limited in distribution and production by copyright law, for more than three million visually-impaired Filipinos. On December 18, 2018, the Philippines deposited its instrument of accession to the Ma ...
Date: 03 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Intellectual Property Office of The Philippines

House pushes for free civil registration for IPs

MANILA, Nov 16 (PNA) - The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved on final reading this week a measure providing a free and culture-sensitive system of civil registration for Indigenous Peoples (IPs).
Date: 16 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

IPOPHL and PCCI Honor Socially-Responsive Filipino Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines and the country’s largest business organization, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)  once again recognised Filipino inventors/ IP creators on Thursday, conferring the Alfredo M. Yao (AMY) National Intellectual Property Awards, now on its 9th year.
Date: 22 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Intellectual Property Office of The Philippines

House pushes for Free Civil Registration for IPs

MANILA, Oct 23 (PNA) - A bill providing a free and culture-sensitive system of civil registration for Indigenous Peoples (IPs) has hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives.
Date: 23 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Crafting of National Intellectual Property Strategy

MANILA, Oct 2 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has completed the formulation of National Intellectual Property Strategy (NIPS) as a tool to help propel economic growth, the agency disclosed in a statement Tuesday.
Date: 02 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Kensonic Inc v Uni-Line Multi-Resources Inc (Phil) and Another Appeal

Date: 06 June 2018; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR Nos. 211820-21 & 211834-35; Source: Supreme Court

San Miguel Pure Foods Company Inc v Foodsphere Inc and Another Appeal

Date: 20 June 2018; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR Nos. 217781 & 217788; Source: Supreme Court

ABS-CBN Publishing Inc v Director of the Bureau of Trademarks

Date: 20 June 2018; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 217916; Source: Supreme Court

Enforcing Data Privacy Key to integrity of IPOPHL’s Operations

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines backed the cause of the National Privacy Commission to protect personal information of its stakeholders, and welcomed data privacy measures Tuesday, when the latter held an information briefing for IPOPHL employees and personnel.
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Intellectual Property Office of The Philippines

IPOPHL: 4IR reshaping Views on IP Ownership, Protection

The onset of 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) - the emergence of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, and the internet of things - has given rise to both challenges and opportunities in the protection, distribution, and production of creative and audio-visual content.
Date: 09 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Intellectual Property Office of The Philippines

IPOPHL fortifies Patent Search Capacity, gears up to operate as ISA/IPEA

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines recently signed an agreement renewing its subscription to European Patent Office (EPO)’s prior art and retrieval tool, the European Patent Office QUEry (EPOQUE) Net, to continue its comprehensive patent search and retrieval capability especially as it prepares to operate as an International ...
Date: 20 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Intellectual Property Office of The Philippines

Establishment of New Equivalent Amount in USD of the Search Fee Charged by the JPO

This is to notify the establishment of the new equivalent amount in USD of the search fee charged by the Japan Patent Office (JPO) which shall take effect on 01 June 2018. IPOPHL Memorandum Circular No. PCT 2018-02
Date: 17 May 2018; Type: Circular; Source: Intellectual Property Office of The Philippines

IPOPHL, DTI extend Trademark Registration Fee waiver

MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are extending the Trademark Registration Incentive Program "Juana Make a Mark" for another year.
Date: 12 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

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DOJ forms Special Team to probe Kidapawan Broadcaster's Slay

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said he has ordered a special investigation team to look into the killing last Wednesday of radio commentator Eduardo Dizon who was gunned down on the way home in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

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New BSP Deputy Governor sworn in

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Francisco G. Dakila Jr. received his oath of office as Deputy Governor for Monetary and Economics Sector (MES) in ceremonies administered by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno on Thursday.

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Chief Justice heads Penang Honours List

GEORGE TOWN, Jul 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat heads the list of 877 recipients of state honours and honorary medals in conjunction with the 81st birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

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Prosecution failed to serve Summons on Shahrizat's Children, Court sets new Mention Date

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 12 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today set Aug 5 for mention of a lawsuit filed by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) against two children of former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in connection with several offences allegedly committed by their company.

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Free Legal Service to be provided for the Poor

Legal aid groups will provide free legal services to poor people and those in need of legal assistance across the country in an effort to support the rule of law and restore public trust in the judiciary.

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Bill to increase Sabah State Seats to be tabled on July 17

KOTA KINABALU, Jul 11 (Bernama) - Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is confident the Bill for the additional 13 seats, to increase the number of state seats from 60 to 73, will be approved when it is tabled in Parliament on July 17.

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SolGen asks SC to dismiss Writ of Kalikasan Suit on WPS

MANILA, Jul 9 (PNA) - Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed against government agencies, which seeks unspecified action on the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea.

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IRB records 486,360 Cases of Voluntary Tax Declaration

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 8 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) has recorded 486,360 cases of voluntary tax declaration under the special voluntary declaration programme (PKPS) as of June 23.

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Sugar Tax: SME Traders can file Postponement Appeal

PARIT BUNTAR, Jul 7 (Bernama) - Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) traders affected by the sugar tax on sweetened drinks which came into effect this month, can file a postponement appeal to the relevant authorities.

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Sarawak Government has not Officially responded on the RM1 Loan Offer - MOF

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 6 (Bernama) - The Sarawak state government has yet to provide any official feedback to the Federal government on the proposed loan offer, amounting to RM1 billion, which will be allocated for repairs of dilapidated schools in the state.

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Government offers Tax Incentives, grants to boost Participation in Expo 2020 Dubai

PUTRAJAYA, Jul 5 (Bernama) - The government has approved tax incentives and grants to encourage potential participating and contributing companies in the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai.

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PCC approves New Clark City Power Distribution Deal

MANILA, Jul 3 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the proposed joint venture between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the consortium of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and its Japanese partners to develop a power distribution system in New Clark City.

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Airbnb wants clearer Guideline on Tourism Tax

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 2 (Bernama) -- Online hospitality service brokerage company, Airbnb Inc urged the government to provide a clearer guideline on tourism tax for its type of business.

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Malcontento to take oath as New Prosecutor General on July 2

MANILA, Jul 1 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said newly appointed Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento may assume office as soon as he takes his oath Tuesday.

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Go Online to partner with 8 Million MSMEs

Jakarta, Jul 1 (ANTARA) - The Communications and Information Ministry is targeting eight million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to be partners of the Go Online program. Involving MSMEs and marketplace in the country, Go Online is a collaborative program between the government, MSMEs, and online shopping platforms to level digital market access and build a digital economy in Indonesia.

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CUEPAC urges Government to review Minimum Wage

KUALA TERENGGANU, Jun 30 (Bernama) - The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (CUEPACS) has urged the government to review the minimum wage in an effort to reduce the people’s cost of living.

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MITI calls SMEs to sign up for IR4.0 Assessment

GEORGE TOWN, Jun 28 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing sector to sign up for the National Policy on Industry 4.0 Readiness Assessment (Industry4WRD-RA).

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Constitution Court taking on 32 MP Media shareholding Cases

BANGKOK, Jun 27(NNT) - Constitutional Court judges have agreed to take on 32 out of a total of 41 cases to do with Members of Parliament allegedly holding media shares, asking that the individuals submit their individual defenses within 15 days.

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