To commemorate Intellectual Property Rights Week, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) conducted the 2nd Philippine Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Summit in October 2012. Microsoft was invited to participate in a panel discussion during the event held at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City, Manila.

The full-day Summit focused on the latest trends involving the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the Philippines, presenting Microsoft Philippines with the opportunity to discuss the latest intellectual property issues with government officials and key enforcement officers.

Counterfeiting and piracy remain key concerns for the business community in the Philippines. According to data released by the IPOPHL-led National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights, more than 3.3 million pieces and almost 2,600 cartons and sacks of counterfeit products worth PHP4.126 billion (US$101 million) were confiscated during the first three quarters of 2012 by local enforcement agencies.

Microsoft has been proactively supporting the ongoing initiatives aimed at raising awareness of the risks associated with the use of counterfeit products and pirated software in the Philippines. During a panel discussion entitled “Cybercrime and Internet Piracy: The Growing Threat Against Intellectual Property Rights”, Raul Cortez, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director of Microsoft Philippines, highlighted the downside and security issues related to pirated software.

“The use of pirated software poses a significant threat to the security of personal information, and may in turn lead to more serious security breaches caused by malware imbedded in the pirated software — even to the extent of causing a threat to national security. We hope to support the Philippines government in their continuing efforts to counter these threats and to raise the current levels of intellectual property rights protection in the country,” said Mr Cortez.

The Summit also saw the official launch of the “Manual for the Investigation and Prosecution of Intellectual Property Cases”, the Philippines’ first comprehensive guide to aid investigators and prosecutors who are involved in intellectual property rights enforcement cases.

“We hope to support the Philippines government in their continuing efforts to counter the threats posed to intellectual property rights protection.”

- Raul Cortez, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft Philippines