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MIAA, IPO join hands against counterfeit products

MIAA general manager Cesar Chiong (left) and IPOHIL chief Rowel Barba at the signing of MOU to fight counterfeiting. (JERRY S. TAN)

IN an effort to strengthen the protection of intellectual property (IP) rights and enable policies to be more effective, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has partnered with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) through a memorandum of understanding entered into last February 14.

MIAA General Manager Cesar Chiong, together with IPOPHL Director General Rowel S. Barba, signed the MOU where the two agencies agreed to consolidate information and facilitate cooperation for the prevention and suppression of the importation, exportation, sale and distribution of counterfeit and pirated goods, products or materials.

Chiong said the MOU is intended to identify new measures to create more comprehensive and systematic mechanisms that will suppress IP infringement and foster collaboration on how such new measures can be operationalized.

Periodic oversight meetings will be conducted by both IPOPHL and MIAA to make sure that activities and responsibilities contained in the agreement are fully observed and implemented, he added.

“With this new partnership, MIAA can finally participate in training sessions on IPR, laws and optical media piracy that will equip our personnel with the knowledge and expertise that will ensure effective enforcement of IP laws in the country’s main gateway.” the airport chief said.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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