WIPO, IPOPHL partner to access Alert Data Sharing Platform

16 November 2023

WIPO, IPOPHL partner to access Alert Data Sharing Platform

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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) have joined forces for IPOPHL to gain access to WIPO’s Alert Data Sharing Platform. This platform provides a list of well-known pirated websites worldwide and has the potential to improve IPOPHL’s site-blocking capabilities. 

The recently signed letter of understanding (LOU) between WIPO Director General Daren Tang and IPOPHL Director General Rowel S. Barba made the partnership possible. 

With the Philippines joining the platform, IPOPHL can obtain information on any websites that other WIPO member states suspect to be infringing on intellectual property.

“Having access to such a vast database, IPOPHL can strengthen its review of web addresses concerned with site-blocking requests. If a website of concern is found on the WIPO Data Sharing Platform list, IPOPHL has more persuasive evidence to request the National Telecommunications Commission to disable access to the site,” said Barba. 

In addition, IPOPHL can contribute to the list of “sites of concern” by uploading its own “national list.” The office is also tasked with immediately updating this list by deleting any web address that is no longer or is not justifiedly a cause for worry.

- Excel V. Dyquiangco

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