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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Philippines IPO disputes rule changes

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The Philippines is proposing to amend rules on disputes heard at IPOPHL's Bureau of Legal Affairs (BLA). The BLA hears mainly oppositions and revocations, but can also hear other kinds of IP disputes from infringement to revocation.

The goal in the changes is increased efficiency. Mandatory ADR is introduced to resolve some cases earlier. Motion timeframes will be reduced to reduce delays. Decisions no longer need to be reviewed by the director and but appeals have been widened.

The BLA's system is already relatively efficient, more so than the courts which can take years to hear cases, but these improvements should help further.

 

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