More courts outside of Metro Manila designated for intellectual property rights cases have been opened, under the 2020 Revised Rules of Procedure for IPR cases.
The Supreme Court launched online the 2020 IPR Rules, which they said in a release, “aims to improve, facilitate and expedite IT rights litigation.”
Under the revised rules, Special Commercial Courts in Baguio City, Iloilo City, Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro City and Davao City can now issue writs of search and seizure in civil and criminal actions.
These writs can be enforced nationwide, the SC Public Information Office said.
The Special Commercial Courts were previously located only in the cities of Pasig, Makati, Manila and Quezon.
The SC en banc approved the 2020 IPR Rules on October 6 and they took effect on November 16 following publication.
The Sub-Committee for the Revision of the Rules of Procedure for Intellectual Property Rights Cases is chaired by Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta.