News Signed a memorandum of understanding with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) on copyright protection and public awareness

CODA (Representative Director: Takero Goto) and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) (Director General: Rowel S. Barba) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on January 25 for cooperation on mutual copyright protection and promotion of copyright awareness in Japan and the Philippines and held an online signing ceremony the same day.

With the conclusion of this MOU, CODA and IPOPHL will cooperate in a wide range of areas, including rights enforcement, protection, research, technology, and public awareness, for further copyright protection in both countries.

At the signing ceremony, IPOPHL Director General Rowel S. Barba said, “The signing of this MOU is a game changer in the online and offline anti-infringement measures. We look forward to working with CODA for a long time to come. By successfully eliminating infringers together with CODA, we hope to bring about a world in which participants in the creative industries can continue to create fresh, original works that contribute to the society, culture, and economy of both the Philippines and Japan without being harmed by infringement, and with the legitimate benefits they deserve.” CODA Representative Director Takero Goto said, “IPOPHL has demonstrated leadership by vigorously conducting intellectual property protection and public awareness activities not only in its own country but also in the ASEAN region. I am very honored and pleased to have signed the MOU with esteemed Director General Barba of IPOPHL. CODA aims to create the International Anti-Piracy Organization (IAPO) in April. With the support of IPOPHL, we will strive to strengthen our international collaboration.” They each promised further cooperation.

From left, IPOPHL Deputy Director General Teodoro C. Pascua, Director General Rowel S. Barba, CODA Representative Director Takero Goto, Director of Overseas Copyright Protection Masaharu Ina

This activity was part of a project entrusted from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

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