From the islands of Indonesia, the IP Komodo prowls South East Asia and beyond looking for succulent morsels of intellectual property news with the aim of to raising awareness of South East Asia's IP issues to help people understand this diverse region's IP complexities.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Trumping ethics in the Philippines
Eventually the allegations of Trump’s conflict of interests
had to reach SE Asia! Many newspapers have been hard at work uncovering the
Trump organisation's business networks around the world.
Businesses owned by the Trump family hired a Philippines law
firm owned by a Philippines government officer to handle their IP work. Elpidio C
Jamora Jr is a name partner at Manila law firm Carag, Jamora, Somera &
Villareal. The firm files trademarks for the Trump Organization and Ivanka Trump’s
personal brand. Jamora is also chairman of the largest state-owned construction
company the Philippine National Construction Corporation (PNCC) and was sworn
in by the President of the Philippines.
Meanwhile Trump plans to open a tower in Manila, which is a
project run by Jose EB Antonio, a Filipino developer who was also named by the
Philippines government as special trade envoy to Washington in 2016.