Philippines

INTA’s Brands Manifesto, Liverpool trademark blow, fighting scammers: news digest 

In our latest news digest, we look at INTA’s release of a Brands Manifesto, the Paraguay IP Office conducting another counterfeit crackdown, fee changes in New Zealand, and much more.

INTA’s Brands Manifesto, Liverpool trademark blow, fighting scammers: news digest 
19 Mar 2019

Louis Vuitton victory, Apple Pencil confusion, and brand loyalty declining: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at a call for post-Brexit partnerships to combat fakes, looking ahead to the WIPO elections, the IP Office of the Philippines seeking to regulate Facebook sellers, and much more.

23 Nov 2018

IPOPHL celebrates record haul, Rospatent promotes benefits of GIs, and emoji-tions run high in China: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at $7 million worth of counterfeit condoms being seized in China, Canada Goose opening an additional office in Beijing, and much more.

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1 Jul 2019

Use requirements for international registrations in the Philippines - what mark owners should know

By the end of 2018, the Philippines had received nearly 30,000 Madrid applications. Once protection has been granted, maintenance of the registration may be tricky as the timeframes for filing a declaration of actual use are confusing. Read more

28 Jan 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: Philippines

The special commercial regional trial courts have jurisdiction over civil actions involving IP rights violations with damages claims of any amount.  Read more

7 Nov 2018

Compulsory conundrum: debate surrounds mandatory mediation for IP disputes

The introduction of mandatory mediation in Greece has faced criticism which eventually led to its suspension; a move that has left question marks over whether wider adoption of such a model is viable. Read more

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18 May 2017

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Philippines

The Philippines IP Office (IPOPHIL) has vigorously pursued many programmes aimed at providing adequate and efficient ways to enforce trademark rights. It has also taken many initiatives to pursue legal reforms to create stronger IP rights and to build a regime that values and respects intellectual property. IPOPHIL has worked with other government agencies and organisations to facilitate the exchange of information and to find cost-effective methods of enforcing IP rights. Read more

15 Dec 2016

Philippine Action Plan on IP Rights Enforcement

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) recently held the sixth Philippine Anti-counterfeiting and Piracy Summit with representatives from various member agencies of the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in attendance. The IPOPHL presented the NCIPR’s 2017–2022 Action Plan on IP Rights Enforcement. Read more

Enforcement and litigation

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28 Jan 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: Philippines

The special commercial regional trial courts have jurisdiction over civil actions involving IP rights violations with damages claims of any amount.  Read more

7 Nov 2018

Compulsory conundrum: debate surrounds mandatory mediation for IP disputes

The introduction of mandatory mediation in Greece has faced criticism which eventually led to its suspension; a move that has left question marks over whether wider adoption of such a model is viable. Read more

2 Oct 2018

Philippines IP Office to begin mandatory mediation, Donuts adds rights protection feature, and KFC versus KKFC: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO collaborating with Saudi IP authorities, a reported rise in fake Irish whiskey, the Kenyan government blaming border countries for its fakes problem, and much more. Read more

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Philippines

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL) continues to be at the forefront of activities geared towards providing adequate, reliable and effective protection and enforcement of IP rights. Read more

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27 Oct 2016

Philippines aims high and targets enhanced anti-counterfeiting measures with latest IP rights action plan

The IP Office of the Philippines unveiled its five-year strategic agenda this week, hoping to continue the country’s progress on addressing its deep-set counterfeiting and piracy problems. Read more

Trademark law

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27 Mar 2018

BARCELONA collective mark rejected, battle for Prudential name and Philippines fakes crackdown: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the Philippines government pledging to crackdown on counterfeit goods, a national IP office’s anti-fakes video featuring a naked man atop a tortoise, and much more. Read more

23 Mar 2018

Enforcement and termination of franchise agreements in the Philippines

We take a close look at the Philippines legislation governing the enforcement and termination of franchise agreements, as part of our series on franchising in Asia and South America. Read more

21 Dec 2017

Litigation procedures and strategies: Philippines

Any person who believes that he or she would be damaged by the registration of a mark may file an opposition to the trademark application within 30 days of its publication. Opposition proceedings are summary in nature; thus, there is no trial and the parties must submit the necessary evidence to prove their positions. Read more

17 May 2017

Dominancy test determines trademark similarity

A recent Supreme Court decision shows how the Philippines courts must look at elements of the dominancy test to determine trademark similarity. In Seri Somboonsakdikul vs Orlane SA, the Supreme Court ruled that LOLANE was not a colourable imitation of ORLANE due to distinct visual and aural differences that were discerned using the dominancy test. Read more