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China becomes world's top patent filer – U.N.

Apr 07, 2020 - 8:30 PM

In the main category – the Patent Cooperation Treaty – China topped the ranking for the first time, with 58,990 applications, overtaking the US which filed 57,840 applications

Philippines out of European Union's priority watch list on counterfeiting

Jan 27, 2020 - 12:05 AM

The European Union delists the Philippines, citing 'very few complaints received from stakeholders'

FAKE GOODS. The Bureau of Customs turns over an estimated P58 million worth of fake goods to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines for destruction at Camp Crame on October 18, 2019. Photo from BOC

PH among worst in ease of doing business, education – report

Jul 11, 2018 - 7:13 PM

The Philippines remains in the 73rd spot in the 2018 Global Innovation Index, but several indicators reveal problems in business, education, and political climate

Women listed as inventors in third of global patent filings – UN

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:18 PM

New data from the World Intellectual Property Organization shows that women are listed in 31% of the some 224,000 international patent applications it published last year

U.S., Britain warn of Russian campaign to hack networks

Apr 17, 2018 - 9:58 AM

The router hacking operation has targeted both government and private sector groups, and the key providers of network infrastructure and internet services serving them

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Trump to consider trade measures against China 'in coming weeks' – advisor

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:51 PM

The warning raises the temperature for currently fraught US foreign relations, in which Trump's aggressive trade maneuvers have taken center stage

TRUMP AND CHINA. US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 16, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

ASEAN officials begin talks to battle terrorism, illegal drugs

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Other crimes such as human trafficking, money laundering, and intellectual property theft are also on the agenda of the officials' meeting in the Philippines

ALL AGAINST CRIME. ASEAN senior officials join hands in a show of solidarity against transnational crime during the preparatory meeting for the 11th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC). ASEAN photo

China warns of retaliation as Trump launches trade probe

Aug 15, 2017 - 11:35 AM

US President Donald Trump s decision to order the investigation comes on top of strains between the two nations over how to handle Beijing s ally North Korea

A loaded container ship is seen at a port in Qingdao, eastern China's Shandong province on July 13, 2017. Stringer/AFP

To beat piracy, Facebook acquires content rights company Source3

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:47 PM

Facebook will acquire the technology and some of the team members behind Source3 which develops technology to detect intellectual property shared by others without permission from the original content holders

FACEBOOK ACQUIRES SOURCE3. Image of Mark Zuckerberg by Kay Nietfeld/dpa /AFP

Philippines' adult entertainment king wins 'jolli' battle

Jul 05, 2017 - 5:57 PM

The government agency says there was no reason to prohibit the registration of Jolliville which later diversified its business into property management and development

JOLLIVILLE WINS. Background image from

Spotify sets up $43-M fund to settle copyright suits

May 30, 2017 - 10:35 AM

The streaming giant tries to settle copyright lawsuits that claim that they put music online without securing the right to stream

U.S. returns Alibaba website to counterfeits blacklist

Dec 22, 2016 - 3:57 PM

The US put a division of the Chinese e commerce giant Alibaba back on a blacklist of notorious markets known for selling counterfeit goods and violating intellectual property rights

DOST researchers win P1.3 million in total prizes for published studies

Dec 02, 2016 - 3:40 PM

The DOST rewards researchers for having their studies published in international journals

Academician Eufemio T. Rasco, Jr. (left, back row), chairman of the Agricultural Sciences Division of the DOST-NAST PHL, joins awardees of the 2016 Intellectual Property Award for International Publication from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) during the December 1 awarding in Pasay City. FNRI researchers won a total of P600,000 for 10 published studies. Photo by Edd Usman

IMF urges innovation to battle global growth slowdown

Apr 01, 2016 - 6:15 AM

The International Monetary Fund says businesses in advanced economies should invest 40 more in research and development on average

epa05161713 A Chinese investor uses mobile phone to check the share prices at a securities brokerage house in Beijing, China, 15 February 2016. Chinese stock market opened lower on 15 February which is the first trading day after Chinese Spring Festival holidays that the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 2.84 percent at 2,684.96 points and the Shenzhen index opened 2.98 percent lower at 9,385.52 points. EPA/WU HONG

Spotify hit by new $200-million copyright suit

Jan 10, 2016 - 1:57 AM

Ferrick argues that Spotify took a now familiar strategy for many digital music services – infringe now apologize later

SPOTIFY. Image from Spotify website.

China fines hotel chain for stealing the Disney magic

Nov 25, 2015 - 10:06 PM

Shanghai defends Disney s brand before Shanghai Disneyland opens next year

STEALING DISNEY MAGIC. Shanghai sues a hotel chain for using Disney branding on its electronic signs and websites. In the photo, actors dressed as Disney cartoon characters perform at the ground breaking ceremony of the Shanghai Disneyland theme park in April 2011. File photo from EPA

Etude House Philippines sues Lazada

Oct 27, 2015 - 5:34 PM

As of the moment there are no Etude House products being sold on online marketplace Lazada

FAKE, COUNTERFEIT. 'We have not consented to any sale of such products by and is not in any way connected with the website,' Etude House Philippines says

Boeing sets 300 plane order, plant with China – report

Sep 23, 2015 - 5:25 PM

UPDATED Despite the warm words Xi faces deep skepticism within the powerful American business industry from US employees at Boeing now fearing for their jobs

FLEET. China is expected to add 6,330 new aircraft worth $950 billion to its commercial fleet by 2034, Boeing said in August in its annual China Current Market Outlook. Photo from Boeing website

CA junks Tanduay appeal over infringement of Ginebra trademark

Aug 07, 2015 - 5:57 PM

The court rules that Tanduay did not present any new argument in its motion for reconsideration

PH targets P13B counterfeit goods to seize in 2015

Jul 07, 2015 - 8:58 PM

Philippine authorities will try to match 2014’s catch of more than P12B worth of illegal products and continue their information campaign about piracy

FAKE GOODS. The Philippines has seized about P775 million worth of counterfeit goods in the first half of 2015. Photo from Shutterstock / Ian Law

Apple loses against MyPhone in trademark dispute

Jun 03, 2015 - 1:46 AM

US technology giant Apple loses a trademark case against Solid Broadband Corporation the seller of MyPhone smartphones

MAC. Apple's iPhone 6 is displayed as people browse through products at a store in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on November 8, 2014. File photo by Jewel Samad / AFP AFP

PH still off US' intellectual property rights watch list

May 02, 2015 - 4:23 PM

In the 2015 intellectual property rights report the Philippines is cited under best practices for taking a whole of government approach to IPR enforcement

Authors, artists stand up for copyright protection

Apr 26, 2015 - 5:08 PM

Authors should be aware of their rights over their works while the public should know basic copyright laws says the National Book Development Board

From left to right: Nida Ramirez of Visprint Inc (representing Bob Ong), Luisito 'Kuya Bodjie' Pascua, Beverly 'Bebang' Siy, NBDB Executive Director Graciela Cayton, National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario, and RJ Ledesma. Rappler video screengrab

Philippines puts spotlight on books and copyright protection

Apr 22, 2015 - 10:37 PM

On April 23 the Philippines joins World Book and Copyright Day celebrations by celebrating authors and creators and the protection of their works

PH should push 'unique' products for EU exports

Mar 11, 2015 - 7:57 PM

The country can earn EU€1 2B by following the geographical indication model of selling specialized products unique to its areas

Manila raids yield P500M in counterfeit goods

Oct 04, 2014 - 1:28 PM

Authorities seize assorted counterfeit clothes and apparel smuggled batteries fake perfumes and 1 440 boxes with fake Maggi Sarap seasoning granules

FAKE MAGGI. Photo shows (left) Ben Entico,Special Assistant to the BOC District Collector, Port of Manila and Sr. Supt. Bustamante, Chief of the PNP CIDG Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes Unit inspecting sachets of fake “Maggi Sarap.” seasoning granules

Customs busts P556M fake designer bags and apparel

Jul 03, 2014 - 3:41 PM

The Bureau of Customs is alarmed that even Filipino brands are being counterfeited

Customs files smuggling charges vs importers, brokers

Jun 23, 2014 - 3:12 PM

The agency slaps two import firms with raps for illegal importation of steel coils and counterfeit footwear worth over P120 million

SMUGGLING. Customs Chief John Sevilla says the Philippines should not be a dumping ground for smuggled substandard products. Rappler file photo

Apple, Google call truce in smartphone patent war

May 17, 2014 - 10:50 AM

Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform

Skin whiteners, slimming pills most faked drugs in PH

May 07, 2014 - 2:35 PM

The Intellectual Property Office says unscrupulous traders are exploiting the aspiration of consumers especially women to have fair skin and slimmer bodies

US removes Philippines from copyright watch list

Apr 29, 2014 - 12:34 PM

The Philippines is now off the US Special 301 Watch List which identifies countries that don t have adequate protections for intellectual property rights

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. Graphics representing an earlier Special 301 Report on Copyright Protection and Enforcement from the International Intellecual Property Alliance. Image from

Can Big Data measure progress and development?

Apr 24, 2014 - 2:51 PM

While Big Data are here to stay they do not mean the end of official statistics The challenge is to explore how to make use of nontraditional data sources such as Big Data to complement traditional data sources

Web domain name revolution could hit trademark defense: UN

Mar 17, 2014 - 11:08 AM

While the expansion of domain names is meant to ease use of the Internet it also presents potential problems for defending trademarks

DOMAIN NAMES. With more domain names, there is a fear of entities skirting laws to infringe on trademarks.

BOC's haul: P1.6B of counterfeit clothes, footwear, rice

Feb 11, 2014 - 4:54 PM

As a bonus government agents find 1 000 sacks of illegally imported rice stashed between the counterfeit apparel shoes and toiletries

RICE AND FAKE GOODS. Alongside the seizure of P1.6 billion in counterfeit goods, some 2000 sacks of smuggled rice were found during one seizure. AFP FILE PHOTO

Some Samsung imports banned in US patent case

Aug 10, 2013 - 10:32 AM

The ruling was the latest in a long running and bitter global battle over alleged patent infringement between the two giants

A file photo dated 17 August 2011 shows a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (R) and an Apple Ipad2 (L) at a store in The Hague, The Netherlands. Photo by EPA/Robert Vos

Apple in court in China over 'Siri'

Mar 27, 2013 - 4:31 PM

Apple is accused of copying software used for the Siri personal assistant

SERIOUS BUSINESS. Apple is accused by a Chinese firm of copying software used for the "Siri" personal assistant on its hugely popular iPhones. Screenshot from Apple.

Value of confiscated fake goods falls 37.9% in 2012

Feb 01, 2013 - 3:26 PM

Confiscated fake goods by various agencies fell 37 9 to P5 21 billion in 2012 from P8 38 billion in 2011 largely due to the lower value of the seized pieces

Apple pays Swiss rail $21-M over clock dispute

Nov 11, 2012 - 3:52 PM

Apple has dished out 20 million Swiss francs to compensate Swiss national rail operator SBB for using its famous clock without permission

A clock of the Swiss national train operator SBB is seen on September 22, 2012 at the railway station in Bern.  AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Google backs off patent complaint against Apple

Oct 03, 2012 - 8:04 AM

Google owned Motorola Mobility withdrew a patent complaint filed with a US commission but remained quiet Tuesday October 2 as to the reason for the legal ceasefire

Strict anti-piracy laws come into force in Japan

Oct 01, 2012 - 4:35 PM

Controversial laws punishing Internet users who download pirated files with fines or jail terms came into force in Japan on Monday October 1

Most faked brands in PH: Louis Vuitton, Lee, Jansport, medicines

Sep 30, 2012 - 9:52 AM

Louis Vuitton items seized by Philippine authorities accounted for 37 of the total faked goods

Google's Schmidt hits out at mobile patent war

Sep 27, 2012 - 4:01 PM

Google s Eric Schmidt criticized raging patent disputes in the global mobile industry warning that they stifled innovation and reduced consumer choice

LG accuses Samsung of infringing patents

Sep 27, 2012 - 3:32 PM

South Korea s LG Display one of the world s top flat screen TV makers said it had filed a patent infringement suit against Samsung Electronics over the use of advanced displays

5 lessons to learn from plagiarism at the Senate

Aug 18, 2012 - 3:31 PM

Legislators and their staff who regularly research vast amounts of information and whose legislative bills have far reaching consequences on citizens must strictly observe rules on intellectual property rights

Apple, Samsung lawyers spar in court over patents

Aug 01, 2012 - 7:47 AM

Lawyers for Apple and Samsung debated the differences between copying and honest competition as opening arguments were held Tuesday

Jury picked in blockbuster Apple-Samsung case

Jul 31, 2012 - 9:04 AM

A 10 member jury was chosen to hear the Silicon Valley trial with Apple and Samsung battling over patent infringement