MANILA - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) said yesterday the government managed to seize P23.6 billion worth of counterfeit goods in 2018.
The value of confiscated goods last year was a record high, and represented a 188 percent surge from only P8.2 billion worth of goods confiscated in 2017, it added.
In terms of enforcement, 2018 has proven to be a banner year with the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights, spearheaded by IPOPHL and Department of Trade and Industry, capturing record levels of counterfeit goods, IPOPHL Director General Josephine Santiago said.
About 86 percent of the seized goods in 2018 were cigarettes and alcohol, amounting to over P20.25 billion.
Second highest value of confiscated fake goods were pharmaceutical and personal care products amounting to P1.2 billion, followed by fake handbags at P821 million, and optical media at P790 million.
The NCIPR is the enforcement body that pursues seizure of counterfeit goods in the market.
It is a composite unit made up of personnel from the Department of Trade and Industry, IPOPHL, Bureau of Customs, National Bureau of Investigation, Optical Media Board, Philippine National Police, Department of Justice, Food and Drug Administration, National Book Development Board, Office of the Special Envoy for Transnational Crime, National Telecommunication Commission, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.*PNA
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