Intellectual Property Office accused of stealing intellectual property

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 22 2015 11:42 PM | Updated as of Sep 24 2015 07:42 AM

MANILA - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines is being accused of intellectual theft by allegedly copying a logo proposal originally pitched by a design agency.

According to Kristian Kabuay, founder of the website baybayin.com, IPO copied one of the logo proposals submitted to the patent and trademark agency. 

"[A]round 2011, John Leyson, who at that time was running the design agency, Liquid and Liquid pitched a redesign of the logo," Kabuay said.

Kabuay said the redesigned logo currently used by the IPO bears a striking resemblance to the logo proposal pitched by Leyson.

The logo on the left is the one purportedly pitched by Leyson to the IPO. The logo on the right is IPO's redesigned logo.

"This type of blatant behavior coming from the very top is disturbing... This is not fair use or taking inspiration," Kabuay explained.

The IPO has yet to issue a statement on the matter.

It has also yet to reply to people raising the intellectual property theft issue on its Facebook page