The National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) is an interagency body that formulates and implements plans and policies, as well as strengthen the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the country.
The NCIPR is composed of 12 members, with the Department of Trade and Industry as chairman and the IPOPHL as vice chairman.
Chaired by the Department of Trade and Industry with IPOPHL as its vice chair, NCIPR is also composed of the following:
- Department of Justice
- Bureau of Customs
- Food and Drug Authority
- National Bureau of Investigation
- Philippine National Police
- Optical Media Board
- National Book Development Board
- Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime
- Department of the Interior and Local Government
- National Telecommunications Commission
National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR):
- Intensify public information and education campaign on the importance of IPR to national development and global competitiveness.
- Intensify regular and effective enforcement against IPR violations, and to allocate sufficient resources to ensure effective prosecution of pirates and counterfeiters.
- Maintain appropriate coordination with the Judiciary to ensure that courts are adequately skilled in intellectual property cases, and improve the adjudication of IP cases.
- Provide the Executive and the Legislative with policy and legislative proposals on IP laws, ensuring that these are in compliance with the country’s existing international obligations embodied in treaties and other agreements;
- Maintain a database and enforcement monitoring system, consolidate information and reports from other agencies, and submit quarterly reports to the President, and provide copies to the Executive Secretary and the Cabinet Secretary.
Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Office:
- To receive and docket complaints or reports relating to IPR violations from right holders or authorized representatives , other government agencies, and the public in general;
- To evaluate the complaint or report and take appropriate action thereon to ensure enforcement of IPR
- To coordinate with the right holders, industry associations and/or relevant government agencies in the conduct of its enforcement functions
- To formulate policies and programs to ensure enforcement of IPR, and to prepare an annual report on the accomplishments, progress, and challenges of IPR enforcement in the country
- To keep all records of enforcement such as, but not limited to, complaints, reports, minutes of enforcement meetings, post-operation reports, and other similar or related documents.
- To provide assistance in the enforcement of orders, writs, and processes issued by Bureau of Legal Affairs and the Office of the Director General