Dec 03
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SYMPOSIUM HELD by fapweb  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Wed, Dec 3, 2008

What is a patent? What is a copyright? What is a trademark?

The IPO (Intellectual Property Office) symposium was recently held at Linden Suites in Ortigas Center. With the title Punto De Vista: Pelikula, it is obvious that the target participants are people from the movie industry.

Managing IP rights in the Philippines was the main topic but the discussion segued to sub-topics like registering and protecting the copyright. In the planning session, the role of collective agencies were also discussed with FILSCAP (Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) standing as the best example.

Later in the day, the attendees were divided into groups and asked to draft their own proposals related to the Intellectual Property discussions. Some of those submitted referred to creating laws for IP protection. SGP had included in their working paper the notion of being a repository of scripts like a mini-copyright office. A major issue arose when talks focused on collection of royalties. It seemed that it would create a rift between the movie workers and the movie producers.

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The speakers, from left: Dr. Mike Rapatan, Donna Ghelfi, Atty. Leny Raz, Atty. Louie Calvario

The symposium is a continuing effort by IP Philippines to formulate and promulgate regulations in the protection of the intellectual property rights of authors or creators. The output, in the form of position papers, would be passed on to the next symposium and probably discussed and analyzed to come up with another synthesis of ideas.

The main speaker was Ms. Donna Ghelfi of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) who came all the way from Los Angeles. Ms. Ghelfi is a Senior Program Officer in the Creative Industries Division, Office of Strategic Use. It was heartening to note that Ms.Ghelfi had visited this website a number of times.

Another speaker was Atty. Louie Andrew Calvario, head of the Copyright Support Services Division of IP Philippines. He is in charge of conceptualizing and supervising the implementation of the Copyright Program of IP Philippines.
He also represents IP Philippines at legislative committee hearings.


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The speakers with the nominated working group. Seated on the right is Atty. Adrian Cristobal, Jr. Standing between Rez Cortez and William Mayo is Precious Leano-Sibulan who ably emceed the event.

As Chairperson of the NCCA’s Cinema Committee, Dr. Mike Rapatan presided for the host group. The event was sponsored by NCCA as part of its cultural program. Also present was Atty. Adrian Cristobal, Jr, the director general of IP Philippines.


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Some speakers, some guests and some attendees at the closing pictorial.

In attendance were FAP Director General Leo Martinez, PDGA president and FAP Treasurer Manny Morfe, PMPDA president William Mayo, Rez Cortez who is part of the Cinema Committee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), SGP president Pablo Gomez, FSC president Isagani Sioson, multi-awarded director Brillante Mendoza, directors Elwood Perez and Cloyd Robinson, noted writer Doy Del Mundo, Rica Arevalo of the Cinemalaya fame, Dr. Toby Dollete of Mowelfund and members of various guilds and indie sector.

The event moderator was Precious Leano-Sibulan, a former theater writer and who is presently an officer of IP Philippines. The opening remarks was rendered by Atty. Leny Raz, the OIC of IP Philippines.


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