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The Supreme Court (SC) has announced that the 2020 Revised Rules for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) will take effect on Nov. 16.

“The 2020 IPR Rules are designed to foster a legal atmosphere that ultimately spurs creative activity and innovation, technology transfer, and foreign investment,” said the SC Public Information Office (SCPIO) in a statement.

Among the rules it introduced include the reduction of the amount of time a court should resolve cases.

“Due to the rising number of IP rights cases and the heavy dockets of the special commercial courts, the period to render judgment has been set at sixty (60) calendar days which is shorter than the ninety (90) calendar days to promulgate decisions in regular cases.

The rules said “Special Commercial Courts in Baguio City, Iloilo City, Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro City, and Davao City shall now have authority to issue writs of search and seizure in civil and criminal actions, enforceable nationwide.”

The SCPIO said there was also an overhaul concerning rules concerning on the order of destruction that courts will issue concerning confiscated items.

“Courts may also issue an order disposing of them by way of donation for humanitarian use, subject to conditions. However, those classified as hazardous shall only be subject to destruction,” the SCPIO said.

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