As much as P 8.2 billion worth of counterfeit and pirated goods were seized by various agencies under the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) in 2017, nearly 26% higher than the previous year’s record. The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is the agency with the largest value seized, reporting more than P 5.8 billion in fake goods seized in 2017.
The value of counterfeit goods seized in 2017 represents the biggest haul by the government since 2014, reports the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).
The NCIPR member agencies’ seizure of counterfeit and pirated items from January to December 2017 amounted to Php 8.2 billion or equivalent to more than USD 157 million as a result of the relentless enforcement efforts of the NCIPR’s members.
The government pursues intellectual property rights violations and cases through the multi-agency task force, the NCIPR, which has the IPOPHL as its vice chair.
“The value of fake goods confiscated by the government fluctuates every year and it depends on the class of goods and the market value of the original goods in the formal economy.” said IPOPHL Director General Josephine R. Santiago.
According to NCIPR data, the top counterfeit products seized were electronics, optical media, and pharmaceutical and personal care products.
“As this reflects the growing market demand for electronic goods and products involving public health and safety, we warn the public to be wary of counterfeiters exploiting this high demand. This alarming development underscores the need for the various relevant agencies of government and the intellectual property rights owners to address this serious concern. The IPOPHL, for its part, continues to intensify its campaign against the selling and buying of these counterfeit products." ” added Santiago.
2016 enforcement data showed a different trend: jewellery & watches were the top counterfeited commodities seized by the NCIPR that year, followed by cigarettes & alcohol, and with optical media as the third top counterfeited and pirated item.
In 2015, watches & jewellery were still at the top spot, followed by optical media, then hand bags & wallets rounding out the top three categories. Apparel and accessories were the top counterfeited items in 2014, followed by hand bags and wallets in the second spot, then footwear.
Based on the data submitted by NCIPR members Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), a total of 309 search warrants were implemented and the BOC issued 16 warrants of seizure and detention for the whole year. The Optical Media Board (OMB) conducted 2,770 inspections in 2017.
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About IPOPHL. The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines(IPOPHL), is the government agency
tasked with the administration of the intellectual property system in the country. It is charged with the
protection of patents, trademarks, utility models and industrial designs, and the adjudication of cases
involving opposition and intellectual property rights violations in the Philippines.