Supreme ourt Issues Rules on Search and Seizure for Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights
The Philippine Supreme Court recently issued the Rules for Search and Seizure for Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights in civil actions. This strikes us as quite odd as normally the writ of search and seizure is only applicable in criminal cases. But the rule says it is applicable... "(w)here any delay is likely to cause irreparable harm to the intellectual property right holder or where there is demonstrable risk of evidence being destroyed, in a pending civil action for infringement" or in a civil action about to be commenced. The full text of the Rules is found here.