IPOPHL seeks manda­tory me­di­a­tion for all IP cases

Manila Bulletin - - Business News - By BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT

The In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Of­fice of the Philip­pines (IPOPHL) has pro­posed to re­vise the rules on me­di­a­tion, mak­ing this process manda­tory for all IP cases in or­der to en­cour­age more par­ties to re­solve IP cases with­out go­ing to court and align all its pro­ce­dures with all other courts in the coun­try.

Based on the Draft Me­moran­dum Cir­cu­lar on Re­vised Rules on Me­di­a­tion, manda­tory me­di­a­tion covers all IP cases from ad­min­is­tra­tive com­plaints, in­ter par­ties cases, dis­putes in­volv­ing tech­nol­ogy trans­fer pay­ments, dis­putes re­lat­ing to the terms of li­cense in­volv­ing the au­thor’s rights to pub­lic per­for­mance or other com­mu­ni­ca­tion of his work, and ap­peals to the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral from the de­ci­sions of the Bureau of Copy­right and other re­lated rights, the Bureau of Le­gal Af­fairs, and the Doc­u­men­ta­tion, In­for­ma­tion and Tech­nol­ogy Trans­fer Bureau.

How­ever, manda­tory me­di­a­tion does not cover IP vi­o­la­tion cases with ap­pli­ca­tion for tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der/pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion, or at­tach­ment, or other an­cil­lary reme­dies, shall not be sub­mit­ted to me­di­a­tion un­less the par­ties, through joint mo­tion re­quest that the case be me­di­ated.

The pro­posed cir­cu­lar also said that a case filed in any of the orig­i­nat­ing bureau or an ap­peal to the DG shall be sub­mit­ted to the BLA’s Al­ter­na­tive Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion Ser­vices (ADRS) im­me­di­ately af­ter the fil­ing of the an­swer or com­ment to the ap­peal.

The or­der sub­mit­ting the case to me­di­a­tion shall di­rect the par­ties to ap­pear be­fore the ADRS for a pre-me­di­a­tion con­fer­ence. Each party shall pay the amount of R4,000 in me­di­a­tion fees.

Fail­ure of the party who ini­ti­ated the case to ap­pear dur­ing the me­di­a­tion and or pay the me­di­a­tion fees shall be grounds for dis­missal of the case. If the re­spon­dent fails to ap­pear or pay the fees, he shall be de­clared in de­fault. If the me­di­a­tion is suc­cess­ful, the ADRS shall within 5 days from the par­ties sub­mis­sion of the com­pro­mise agree­ment, re­fer the agree­ment to the head of the orig­i­nat­ing bureau/ of­fice. Af­ter fur­ther re­vi­sion or mod­i­fi­ca­tion, par­ties will en­ter into an ap­proved com­pro­mise agree­ment which shall have the ef­fect of a de­ci­sion or judg­ment on the mer­its and shall be im­me­di­ately ex­ecu­tory and en­forced ac­cord­ingly.

A me­di­a­tion is deemed un­suc­cess­ful if within 60 days from sub­mis­sion of the case to me­di­a­tion the par­ties are un­able to set­tle their dis­pute. The me­di­a­tor shall de­clare the me­di­a­tion as un­suc­cess­ful and forth­with ter­mi­nate the pro­ceed­ings by is­su­ing a No­tice of Non-Set­tle­ment of Dis­pute. The 60-day pe­riod, how­ever, maybe ex­tended for an­other 30 days upon joint writ­ten re­quest of par­ties to the orig­i­nat­ing of­fice with the con­cur­rence of the me­di­a­tor. Should no agree­ment be reached within the ad­di­tional pe­riod, the me­di­a­tion pro­ceed­ings shall like­wise be ter­mi­nated.

In mer­i­to­ri­ous in­stances, how­ever, the IPOPHL pro­posed that par­ties may re­quest for more time to fi­nal­ize the agree­ment.

If me­di­a­tion fails and/or ter­mi­nated, the ADRS shall ad­vice the head of the orig­i­nat­ing bureau/of­fice and fur­nish said of­fice of a copy of the No­tice of the Non-Set­tle­ment of Dis­pute.

The IPOPHL is still in the process of so­lic­it­ing com­ments from the pub­lic to the draft amend­ment to the rules of pro­ce­dure of IPO Me­di­a­tion Pro­ceed­ings un­til May 21, 2018.

In push­ing for manda­tory me­di­a­tion, the agency said that me­di­a­tion will en­hance the ADR pro­gram, align its pro­ce­dures with the court sys­tem and other gov­ern­ment quasi-ju­di­cial agen­cies, and har­mo­nize its pro­ce­dure to that of the com­mer­cial courts that han­dle IP in­fringe­ment, civil and crim­i­nal cases.

IPOPHL me­di­a­tion ser­vice is ef­fec­tive so far in con­tribut­ing to the fast res­o­lu­tion of cases. The IPOPHL me­di­a­tion ser­vice is thus, at par with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. IPOPHL me­di­a­tors are ex­perts in the field of IP prac­tice and me­di­a­tion. They are trained by the best in­ter­na­tional pro­fes­sion­als from the World In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Its record shows that the ma­jor­ity of cases filed be­fore the IPOPHL are In­ter Partes cases re­lat­ing to trade­mark. Me­di­a­tion is very use­ful in the set­tle­ment of trade­mark case due to its com­mer­cial na­ture. In view of the fore­go­ing, the IPOPHL will im­ple­ment manda­tory me­di­a­tion of cases filed within its con­cerned bu­reaus.

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