Exclusive interview: Ricardo Blancaflor, IPOPHL
At the end of April, the Philippines deposited its instrument of
accession to join the Madrid Protocol on international trade marks. It
will become the 86th member of the system. But joining Madrid threatens
to undermine the trade mark prosecution business of many domestic law
firms. Managing IP sat down with the head of the IP Office of the
Philippines, Ricardo Blancaflor (right), during the INTA Annual Meeting
last month to discuss domestic opposition to Madrid, as well as his
anti-counterfeiting work and amendments to the IP Code.
What was the primary reason you pushed for the Philippines to join the Madrid Agreement?
I think it was inevitable that the Philippines would join at some
point. It was just a question of time. International systems like this
cannot be unwound, and you only damage your country's economy by not
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