The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines conceded that the growth of online selling platforms is threat to efforts to stop the proliferation of fake and counterfeit items.
IPOPHL director general Josephine Santiago said the agency recognized the government’s direction to help e-commerce take off, but cited a need to regulate operations of the online selling shops.
“While the government is urging enterprises to go online, most of the platforms fail to check the authenticity of the product they sell, especially branded products. This is a big threat to IPOPHL,” she said, noting the job of the agency to rid the country of illegal products would be compromised.
She added the agency does not want to be “an obstacle” to the government’s promotion of e-commerce.
IPOPHL has asked the platforms to screen the products offered on their sites, but not even one took time to review its policies and commit to work together with the government to avoid selling counterfeit products on their sites.