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Philippines and Mexico to protect intellectual property together

Staff writer |
The Philippines and Mexico signed a new and expanded intellectual property (IP) cooperation agreement that aims to assist in growing trade and transfer of innovation between the two countries.

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The signing of the agreement happened on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation IP Rights Experts’ Group (APEC-IPEG) meeting in Cebu City. The Philippines is the host country, while Mexico chairs the APEC-IPEG meeting.

Over 40 IP experts and policy makers are attending the APEC-IPEG meeting in Cebu City, the second meeting hosted by the Philippines this year.

The agreement builds on the technical collaboration agreement signed by the Philippines and Mexico in September 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Under the agreement, the IPOPHL and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) vowed to work together to promote innovation, creativity and technological advancement.

The two IP offices also agreed to cooperate to ensure the proper administration, protection, use and enforcement of industrial property rights such as invention patents, utility models, industrial designs, trademarks and geographical indications.

The agreement has paved the way for the establishment of mechanisms for the bilateral development and protection of industrial property between IPOPHL and IMPI. â– 

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