Seized pirated goods reached P7.76B in 2013
The value of seized counterfeit and pirated goods in 2013 have reached P7.76 billion, 47.40 percent higher than 2012 on back of concerted efforts that made possible another year of successful intellectual property enforcement operations.
Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines director-general Ricardo R. Blancaflor disclosed that total value of seized counterfeit and pirated goods reached P7,762,408,211.00.
Blancaflor credited the members of the National Committee of Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) as the main force in the IPR enforcement regime, for their continuing concerted efforts that made possible another year of successful IP enforcement operations.
“The 2013 figure increased by 47.40% from the 2012 report of P5.266 billion worth of confiscated counterfeit products,” Blancaflor said. The NCIPR, led by IPOPHL Deputy Director General Allan B. Gepty, has been working exhaustively to victoriously fight counterfeiting and piracy in the country.
Among the NCIPR members, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) once again topped this year’s IP enforcement operations followed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Optical Media Board (OMB), and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Blancaflor has emphasized that it is the IPOPHL goal to inculcate among Filipinos respect for intellectual property and ultimately see the country free from counterfeit and pirated goods in the market. He expressed optimism that with Republic Act 10372, the Amendments to the IP Code, whereby the IPOPHL is given the enforcement and visitorial powers will move further the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights for national development.