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.
Aside from illegal streaming and illegal reproduction of copyrighted content such as movies and anime, IPOPHL said there has been an increase in intellectual property violations for e-books with the rise of distance learning.
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines said House Bill 6122 or the proposed Internet Transactions Act would help the agency perform its mandate to protect intellectual property rights and create an e-commerce bureau under the Department of Trade and Industry.
The move, the agency said, that not only contributes to shaping the “new normal” but also furthers its digital transformation journey.
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) received a record-high in annual filings for intellectual property protection totaling 47,282 last year, a nearly 10-percent rise from the 43,300 applications in 2018.
The IPOPHL has published on its website and social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn) a visual step-by-step guide to apply online.
The Philippines is aiming to attract small and high technology investors to set up business in the country following the launch of the National Intellectual Property Strategy (NIPS) 2020-2025.
The report from the United States Chamber of Commerce’s (USCC) 2020 International Intellectual Property Index showed the Philippines ranked 37th out of 53 economies, scoring 39.94 percent in 2020 from its 36 percent score in 2019.