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A welcome by Emma Francisco, Director General, IPO of the Philippines

IPO logoThe Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines congratulates the European Commission/ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Co-operation Program (ECAP II) for spearheading the development of the ECAP II website. This project is another step forward towards forging a stronger cooperation between participating ASEAN countries and members of the European Community in the area of intellectual property rights and thus help facilitate investment and trade between the two regions.

The inception of the EC/ASEAN technical assistance programme in 1993 to modernize the industrial property rights systems in the ASEAN region has opened a wide door of possibilities for cooperative undertakings between the Philippines and its counterparts in the European Union. The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Office for the Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), as primary implementing agencies, have embarked on a multi-layered program dedicated to the establishment of a structured national framework capable of delivering high-quality intellectual property rights system. In particular, the sharing of experiences and best practices has helped the country craft an intellectual property system that is harmonized with the rest of the world. The trainings on capability building for IPO personnel on the other hand increased competency in the administration and prosecution of patent and trademark applications. The benefits of the Programme were likewise shared with relevant sectors, e.g., businesses, academe, government and R & D institutions, enforcement agencies, among others.

Indeed, ECAP projects contributed in facilitating the establishment of a healthy IPR climate in the Philippines and enabling the IPO become more responsive to the challenges of the international IP community.

Emma C. Francisco Emma C. Francisco,
Mrs. Emma Francisco
Director General
Intellectual Property Office (IPO)
IPO Building, Penthouse

Makati City

Last Update: Mon 02 Feb 2004 - 09:28 AM
This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication is the sole responsibility of ECAP II and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

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Copies of Proceedings from the following events are now available:

1. IP Valuation and Commercialization for SMES in Manila, 22-23 March 2004.
2. EU-ASEAN Workshop on Data Protection (Pharmaceuticals) Bangkok, 29-30 April 2004
3. IP Valuation and Commercialisation for SMEs in Bangkok, 17-18 March 2004

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