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IPOPHL issues fair use guidelines to clarify rules on copyright exceptions

The IPOPHL noted that the elements of each fair use act must be carefully analyzed to accurately identify circumstances where fair use principles apply. Otherwise, the public should be proactive in obtaining permission and crediting the creators of original works.

IPOPHL drafting plan for removal of Greenhills from US Notorious Markets List

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) said it has proposed a work plan to tackle long-standing counterfeit activities in the Greenhills Shopping Center -- once again the lone Philippine market cited in the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) 2022 Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy.

SC: Establishments must pay royalties for radio songs played via speakers

The Supreme Court held that a radio reception creates a performance separate from the broadcast, adding that the transmittal of radio music through loudspeakers to enhance profit is not analogous to fair use.

IP filings post double-digit growth in 2021 as economy reopens

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) said IP filings from January to December 2021 grew 11.6 percent year-on-year (YOY) to a total of 46,496, recovering significantly from the 2020 drop, as lighter quarantine restrictions last year reignited business and IP-related activities.

DOST unit launches PH’s first IP warehouse

The Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) has launched the System for Intellectual Property Applications and Grants (SIPAG), which aims to track IP applications and help in the prosecution of IP violations.

SC abandons ‘holistic test’ in trademark law with ruling on ‘Kolin’ issue

Emphasizing the adoption of the “Dominancy Test” and the abandonment of the “Holistic Test” in evaluating trademark resemblance, the Supreme Court (SC) vote unanimously to reject the “kolin” trademark application filed by Kolin Philippines International, Inc. (KPII) for its television and DVD players.

IP filings at IPOPHL down for first time due to Covid-19

2020 was also marked as the year with the steepest drop in trademark and utility model applications.

IPOPHL: New revised rules will speed up prosecution of IP cases

The rules revised the 2010 version and took effect on Nov. 16, 2020. Specifically, it makes IP litigation less costly, faster and in sync with newer laws.

Most intellectual property violators operating online: IPOPHL

Of the intellectual property violations this year, IPOPHL said 79 were operating online – 53 from Facebook, seven from Shopee, six from Lazada, three from YouTube, and one each from Carousell, Instagram, and Vineyard.

IPOPHL notes higher IP violations, urges MSMEs to register

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines received 80 reports and complaints of IP violations in the first semester of 2020, 66% higher than the 47 reports received in 2019.
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