CEREMONIAL TURNOVER OF MANUAL ON LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PROSECUTION
OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS (IPR) CASES
Date: 17 August 2017
Posted by: asJaucian
The Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime (OSETC) attended the Ceremonial Turnover of Manual on Law Enforcement and Prosecution of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Cases at IPOPHL Boardroom, IPC Building, Mckinley Hill, Taguig City. The event was attended by representatives from various partners and NCIPR member agencies, namely:
a. Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL);
b. American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI);
c. United States Agency for International Development (USAID);
d. Department of Justice (DOJ);
e. Optical Media Board (OMB);
f. National Book Development Board (NBDB);
g. National Bureau of Investigation (NBI); and
h. Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime (OSETC).
Alyanna Joy S. Jaucian, designated representative, attended for the OSETC.
Ms. Marlita Vallesteros – Dagsa of IPOPHL gave a brief introduction about the Intellectual Property (IP) Manual. The first manual was launched in 2012 to serve as a comprehensive reference material for a standard and procedural guideline in the investigation and prosecution of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) cases. According to one of the pioneers of the IP Manual, Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Severino H. Gaña, Jr. of DOJ, the second/revised edition will inform and update the law enforcers and stakeholders in the field of IP protection.
Deputy Director General Allan B Gepty of IPOPHL delivered the welcome remarks. He considered the ceremony as a significant and strategic undertaking. Significant as this will pave the way for a more enhanced and thorough campaign against IPR violations and strategic as agencies’ collaborative efforts have been very effective in the enforcement and protection of IPR. He then thanked the DOJ, ABA ROLI, USAID, and all the members of National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) who have been instrumental in the development of the revised IP manual.
Representatives from DOJ, ABA ROLI, USAID, and OMB were asked to give a short message and all of them reassured the body of their continuous passion and commitment to help in the promotion and protection of IP in the country. Thereafter, one thousand (1000) copies of IP Manual were formally turned over to IPOPHL and NCIPR member-agencies also received a copy for them to be more familiar with law enforcement practices and prosecution of IPR and related cases.