US Lauds RP on Intellectual Property Rights

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US Lauds RP on Intellectual Property Rights


The US Embassy yesterday cited the Philippine government for its progress in the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), which enabled the United States Trade Representative (USTR) last Feb. 15 to move the Philippines from the "Special 301 IPR Priority Watch List" to the "Watch List."

"The US welcomes President Gloria Arroyoas leadership on this issue and continuing commitment to a strong inter-agency effort to sustain progress in protecting intellectual property rights and enforcing IPR laws," the US Embassy said.

The US lauded the efforts of the Philippine government and industry in creating improved enforcement and protection capabilities in intellectual property rights. Many individuals worked long and hard to achieve these results, including Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Favila. Director General Adrian S. Cristobal Jr. of the Intellectual Property Office, and Chairman Edu Manzano of the Optical Media Board.

Other key Philippine government agencies cited were the Department of Justice, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine National Police, National Telecommunications Commission, National Book Development Board, Bureau of Customs, Supreme Court, and Congress, which passed the Optical Media Act.

"Improved intellectual property is in the interest of all countries; it contributes to a better business climate for both domestic and foreign investors in the Philippines, and encourages entrepreneurship. Intellectual property protection remains critical to start-up enterprise in knowledgeintensive sectors and promotes economic growth."

The US Embassy said it and Washington agencies will be working even more closely in the coming months with Philippine officials to sustain momentum and results on IPR protection and enforcement. We continue to work together on training programs, information exchanges, and best practices for IPR protection and enforcement.

The Philippines, along with other Watch List countries, will continue to undergo future reviews of the status of IPR protection and market access opportunities for US firms that rely on intellectual property protection, the embassy said.

In recent months, no other countries have been moved from the Priority Watch List to the Watch List. …

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