Fastfood chain’s right over brand name upheld by IPO

By Junep

Ocampo (The Philippine Star), philstar.com, May 22, 2011

MANILA, Philippines- A local fastfood chain has preserved its right over its brand name through the mediation proceedings conducted by the Intellectual Property Office Philippines (IPOPHL).

Binalot Fiesta Foods Inc. (BFFI), a 14-year-old quick service restaurant with more than 35 branches nationwide, has been recognized by the IPOPHL as the only entity that can use the name “Binalot” in its establishments.

BFFI filed a case against another restaurant named Nid’s Binalot in 2007, but the case had dragged on due to the tedious process of litigation.

Fortunately, the IPOPHL under its new head, Director General Ricardo Blancaflor, has made the referral of cases to the mediation office mandatory, resulting in a virtual fast tracking of the resolution of intellectual property conflicts. This is in line with the vision of IPOPHL in a demystified, development oriented, and democratized IP System by 2020.

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