o This statement is in reaction to the article posted on September 22, 2015 by one Kristian Kabuay entitled “Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines steals Baybayin logo”, in the website baybayin.com and other similar posts and blog comments.
o The IPOPHL logo was designed by the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) in consultation with IPOPHL officials sometime in August 2011 pursuant to a Memorandum Of Understanding dated July 2011.
o The concepts of creativity, innovation, colors, and various facets of IP, served as guidance for the logo design.
o The IPOPHL logo was launched in October 2011 and has been in continuous use to date.
o The issue on the logo came to the attention of the IPOPHL only on May 25, 2015 or after almost 4 years from its launching, when Baybayin Buhayin, Taklobo Baybayin, Inc. and John Nicolas Lacap Leyson (herein called Baybayin Group) through its counsel sent a demand letter, demanding, among others, for compensation for the design, concept and use of the logo.
o It must be stressed that IPOPHL has never met nor transacted with any of the officers or members of the Baybayin Group from conceptualization until finalization of the logo.
o Contrary to the allegation that the Baybayin Group was ignored by IPOPHL officials, meetings with the Group were called on four separate occasions (June 8 and 24, July 14, and August 3, 2015) to clarify their claims and address their concerns. However, when asked how the issue could be resolved, the Baybayin Group, in one of the meetings, reiterated their demand that they be compensated and quoted the amount of PhP 500,000, which IPOPHL declined outright, considering that the same had no factual and legal basis.
o Baybayin characters are commonly used as in the logos of several government agencies such as the National Museum, National Library, NCCA, AFP and others.
o Baybayin is an ancient script, and no one has the exclusive right to use it.
In appreciation of outgoing Adamson University (AdU) President Rev. Fr. Gregorio Banaga Jr.’s commitment to the school’s Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO), a testimonial dinner was hosted by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) on 9 September 2015.
DDG-OIC Gepty emphasized that this is the first testimonial that IPOPHL has organized to recognize people and institutions that are instrumental in continuing the success of our projects, particularly the ITSO project. We consider ITSO as a critical instrument that would show the public the real benefits and value of intellectual property” said Atty. Allan Gepty, IPOPHL OIC Director General. “Hopefully in the years to come there will be more gatherings like this, recognizing all the people that have been instrumental in our advocacy”, he added.
APEC-IPEG delegates visited a bio-refinery plant for wastes from Cebu’s dried mango industry. The plant repurposes the dried mango wastes for a verity of products such as mango flour, butter, and tea.
The delegates of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Intellectual Property Rights Experts’ Group (APEC-IPEG) yesterday visited a bio-refinery plant for wastes from Cebu’s flourishing dried mango industry. The plant is a showcase of an academic institution that has successfully generated added income and new jobs from its IP asset.