The Firm welcomes the addition of Atty. Kathleen May O. Clareza as among its associates. Prior to joining BCCS Law, Atty. Clareza was a Special Investigator III of the Legal Department of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As part of the legal team of the FDA, her responsibilities included, among others, the enforcement of the rules and regulations of the said agency. Being a member of the legal team, likewise, exposed her to the different centers of FDA. Her previous stint with the FDA boosts the FDA practice of the Firm. The Firm’s FDA practice has been thriving in recent years and the intimate knowledge of Atty. Clareza of relevant FDA rules and regulations will be instrumental to the Firm’s FDA related advice and services.
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has removed the entire section on discounts extended to online filings of applications in its new schedule of fees that will take effect on 1 January 2017. Informal inquiries with officers of the IPOPHL revealed that the section was purposely deleted as it is the intention of IPOPHL to no longer extend such discount. Thus, online filings of applications will be assessed the same application fee as manual filings made before the IPOPHL.
On 22 October 2016, our firm’s Ms. Katherine May R. Imperial co-presented with Mr. Peter Willimott, Senior Program Officer of the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) Singapore Office, in an IP Masterclass organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) and the WIPO. The IP Masterclass was a segment of CITEM’s Creative Marketplace, which is a Design Week Philippines event component that focuses on the country’s Creative Cities program in collaboration with UNESCO, and the Philippines’ content industry, specifically the Animation and Game Development, Graphic Design, and Illustration sectors.
The IP Masterclass served as an introductory workshop on intellectual property laws, which touched on basic concepts and aspects of intellectual property, and highlighted the importance of protecting intellectual property rights not only in the Philippines, but also abroad, in this day and age of globalization. Attendees of the IP Masterclass were mostly creative industry players and stakeholders.
For more information on CITEM’s initiatives, you may visit:http://www.designweekphilippines.com.ph/en/Events/Creative-Marketplace.