MANILA, Philippines – Authorities seized P8.3 billion worth of counterfeit products in 2011, the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights said Friday.
The figure increased by 58% compared to the P5.2 billion seized fake goods in 2010, said Ricardo Blancaflor, director general of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).
Topping the list of counterfeit products seized by authorities are handbags, wallets and backpacks amounting to P4.5 billion.
Confiscated illegal software, meanwhile, breached the P1 billion-mark.
Other fake products recovered by authorities were fake shoes, slippers, electronic products such as MP3 players and cellphones, DVDs and pharmaceutical products.
The products were seized through joint operations by the National Bureau of Investigation, Optical Media Board, Bureau of Customs and the Philippine National Police.
Authorities are now seeking to amend provisions of Republic Act 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines to give the IPOPHL authority to arrest individuals involved in piracy. -- Report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM