Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) Denies Stealing Baybayin Logo
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) released a statement this Wednesday, September 23, denying the allegations of Kristian Kabuay of Baybayin.com that the government agency stole his original design. Incidentally, the main task of IPOPHL is to protect the original work of a person from being stolen. This includes design, invention, symbols, logo, and others.
“The IPOPHL logo was designed by the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) in consultation with IPOPHL officials sometime in August 2011 pursuant to a Memorandum Of Understanding dated July 2011. The concepts of creativity, innovation, colors, and various facets of IP, served as guidance for the logo design.” The IPOPHL said on their PDF file press release posted on their official website.
“The IPOPHL logo was launched in October 2011 and has been in continuous use to date. The issue on the logo came to the attention of the IPOPHL only on May 25, 2015 or after almost 4 years from its launching, when Baybayin Buhayin, Taklobo Baybayin, Inc. and John Nicolas Lacap Leyson (herein called Baybayin Group) through its counsel sent a demand letter, demanding, among others, for compensation for the design, concept and use of the logo.” The IPOPHL added.
The IPOPHL also denied the claim of Kabuay that their office has been ignoring the complaints against them, noting that there were meetings on four separate occasions: June 8, June 24, July 14, and August 3, 2015. During their talks, the Baybayin Group allegedly asked a compensation amounting to PhP 500,000, which IPOPHL declined immediately, and cited that there were no evidence and legal basis for their claim.
“For the record, I contacted the agency for help but never got a response. My buddy Norman de los Santos goes through this several times a year as well with his fonts.” Kristian Kabuay wrote on the post at Baybayin.com blog this Monday, September 21, 2015. He pointed out the difference between the IPOPHL logo and the original version via an illustration, as described by John Leyson who was running their design company in 2011. He added that their comments on the IPOPHL Facebook page have been deleted.
As a response to IPOPHL’s denial, Kristian Kabuay posted his reaction on his Facebook page at around midnight this Wednesday, emphasizing that he was banned from leaving comments on the IPOPHL Facebook page. According to him, the issue is not about the Baybayin script, but rather the artwork of the script. The Baybayin.com founder noted that the IPOPHL logo is obviously a ripoff of John NL Leyson’s design.
Credit: Kristian Kabuay Facebook
We at TN is not in the position to say who is right and who is wrong. We also believe that this IPOPHL vs Baybayin issue is still far from over, not unless a legal, non-biased body will interfere and conduct a thorough investigation. We just hope that everything will end well.