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PH still on US ‘watch list’ for counterfeit goods


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines remains on the Office of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) “watch list” of countries where pirated and counterfeit goods are readily available.

A USTR report posted on the website of the US Embassy in Manila said the Philippines was on the list in 2010 and 2011.

The USTR is based in Washington, D.C., attached to the office of President of the United States.

Twenty-five other countries  are on the list this year: Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Jamaica, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Romania, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

On the other hand, 13 countries are on the USTR’s “priority watch list”: Algeria, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela.

In its “Special 301” report, an annual review of the state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement in US trading partners around the globe, the USTR said it was “encouraged by the significant decline in the incidence of unauthorized camcording of motion pictures in (Philippine) theaters that followed the enactment of the Anti-Camcording Act of 2010.”

“Philippine officials also improved enforcement efforts, leading to the closure of at least two significant notorious markets,” the USTR said, but did not name the markets.

In a Dec. 20, 2011 report, however, the agency named the “Quiapo shopping district” in Manila as one of 15 “notorious markets (worldwide) for piracy and counterfeiting.”

According to the USTR, the Philippines “should also clarify its procedures for obtaining provisional measures, including those covering search and seizure orders.”

The agency also urged the Philippines to “enact long-pending legislation to amend its copyright law and ensure that it fully implements the WPO Internet Treaties.”

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Tags: intellectual piracy , software piracy , United States Trade Representative

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FC4RGV5R2PHDRZ3ZJQU52P4JL4 Ryan

    Fake goods galing China… pati Philippine bananas ipe-fake na rin nila kaya ayaw ng magimport galing Pinas!

  • http://twitter.com/Borogol Borogol

    actually, di naman PH goods yan… China goods!!!

    so, I hope we should all unite and set aside our greed.

    Itapon na ang china products… marami naman way para kumita.

    Mas maganda pa quality ng gawang pinoy. 

    • reddfrog

       There won’t be this problem if no one is buying. How many of you here are using non-pirated software?

  • IanAlera

    Sisishin ninyo ang mga China products.  Daming fake

  • CmdrAdobo

    For me, there’s nothing to blame except police or authority why they cant get rid of this.  I dont know how hard to chase these ppl who are selling pirated items.

  • tom_batuta

    All those counterfeit goods in Quiapo are coming from China imported into the Phils by Chinese smugglers and their Chinoy cohorts. Even those camcorded DVDs are from China, listen to the background, people talking in mandarin.

  • James Liston

    Well…if your patron is the president and his KKKs… this issue will hang in there for quite sometime.

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