Atty. Allan Gepty, Deputy Director General of IPOPHL and Mr. Ronald N. Ricketts, Chairman and CEO of the Philippine Optical Media Board came to Washington, DC in January 2014 engage face to face with US government and industry stakeholders and provide updates on the developments and improvements in the IPR policy environment in the Philippines and discuss the capacity building program on IP enforcement in the Philippines. The meetings discussed the heightened interest of American businesses in the Philippines due to the improvement in the business environment.
"Removal from the Special 301 Watch List would definitely be a big boost to the morale and motivation to the institutions and the people in the Philippines who have been working very hard to address IPR infringements especially those involved in enforcement", according to Maria Roseni "Nini" M. Alvero, The Embassy Commercial Counselor and DTI representative in Washington DC. She continues, " Over-all, it would inevitably result in even more visibility, increased market presence, better supply chain and cost competitiveness making the Philippines more attractive to investors from the high tech and innovative industries and sectors".
With Michael Diehl and Christine Brown at USTR": USTR Director for Southeast Asia and Pacific Affairs Christine Brown and USTR Director for Intellectual Property and Innovation in front of the USTR Building in Washington DC.
" Bawal Kumopya " : Atty. Allan Gepty, Deputy Director General of IPOPhil and OMB Chair Ronnie Ricketts presents to Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. and Commercial Counselor and DTI Special Trade Representative Maria Roseni M. Alvero the slogan "Bawal Kumopya" , a campaign to uphold the rights of intellectual property rights owners in the Philippines.
"With US Chamber of Commerce": The Philippine Team with US Chamber of Commerce Senior Director for Southeast Asia, Mr. John Goyer and Executive Director for International Intellectual property (IP), Mr. Jasper MacSlarrow. The US Chamber of Commerce as the voice of US business expressed the heightened interest of American companies and investors for the removal of the Philippines from the watchlist in recognition of the improvement in the IPR regime which would further result in a favorable business environment that encourages increased US investments, wider market presence, better supply chain and cost competitiveness.
"ICE" : US enforcement agencies expressed commitment to support the Philippines capacity and capability building efforts.Watch 2014 Special 301 Hearing Part 3