Philippines proposes specialist IP courts
The Philippines IP office has proposed revamping the country’s IP enforcement system, in part by establishing specialist IP courts
Other proposals included speeding up trials and making it
easier to destroy counterfeit goods.
Adrian Cristobal, director general of the Philippines IP
office, presented the special draft rules on IP litigation to
Supreme Court chief justice Reynato Puno on October 26.
The rules will apply to patent, trade mark, copyright and
unfair competition cases. They were drawn up after a month-long
consultation between IP Philippines, IP lawyers, Customs and
enforcement officers, judges and IP owners.
Bienvenido Somera, partner of Villaraza Cruz Marcelo &
Angangco in Manila said that speeding up the judicial
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