CIDG seizes Php 50-M computer products with unauthorized softwares

MANILA – Operatives of the Anti-Fraud Commercial Crimes Division (AFCCU) of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), led by Supt. Raymond Ligudin, seized computer sets and accessories installed with Tekla Structures Models (Tekla) softwares worth more than Php 50 million in Manila and Pampanga.

The operatives, equipped with search warrants issued by Pasig City Regional TrialCourt Branch 159 Judge Elma Rafallo Lingan, seized 40 computer sets in Manila and 10 in Pampanga.

The search warrants were served at MMM Bldg., Sindalan, San Fernando City, Pampanga and 1991 Osmeña Bldg., Ermita, Manila, respectively, against the sellers of an alleged counterfeit Tekla computer software products.

The search warrants were applied for after a complaint was filed before the office of the AFCCU-CIDG by the Intellectual Property Manila and Amurao Law Offices, representing Trimble Solutions Corporation, a Finland-based company which is solely the allowed seller and distributor of the said patented products.

The software products cost between Php 900,000 and Php 1 million each and are used by information technology (IT) specialists in guiding building construction designs.

A case for violation of Republic Act No. 8293, or the “Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines”, were filed against the owners and incorporators of Neo Spectrum Technical Services, Inc. and AIW PACRIM, Inc. PNA –