Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) Steals Logo, Baybayin Artist Says
In case you are not aware, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is the government agency that protects us from people or company that steals our original work such as design, invention, symbols, logo, and other ideas. But ironically, this agency is now being accused of stealing a logo, according to an artist named Kristian Kabuay, the founder of Baybayin.com.
“Yes, you read that right. Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines stole their Baybayin logo. As you may know, I’ve gone through own issues with theft from Philippine companies. 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.
“This one issue is special because the agency that’s supposed to be the protectors of Intellectual Property in the Philippines stole a concept presented to them during the pitch phase! Design veterans know what I’m talking about.” Kabuay added, whose artwork is focused on the resurrection of the ancient writing system of the Filipinos called Baybayin, aka Alibata.
Below is his illustration explaining the slight difference between the IPO Philippines logo and his work. According to Kabuay, the government agency also copied the explanation of John Leyson (the person who runs their design company in 2011) about the logo’s description. He also included a screenshot of the IPO Philippines website page explaining the origin of their logo.
On the last part of his blog post, Kabuay condemns the IPOPHL for its actions, which he describes as ‘disturbing.’ “How can the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines enforce IP laws when they’ve broken it themselves and refused to acknowledge it?” He asked, adding that Leyson and his team have tried to contact IPOPHL to resolve the issue but the latter was arrogant, and even deleted his comments on their Facebook page.