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Lawyers Kapunan and Domingo to discuss copyrights and intellectual property for creatives

Ballet Philippines holds Masterclass series

Atty. Lorna Patajo-Kapunan, Atty. Rico V. Domingo (Photos courtesy of Ballet Philippines)

Ballet Philippines Masterclass series will tackle copyrights and intellectual property on August 2, 3pm., on Zoom.

Moderated by Atty. Lorna Patajo-Kapunan and with key speaker Atty. Rico V. Domingo, it aims to enlighten and empower the creative community with legal tools that will protect them in their professional pursuits. 

BP Core Dancers and Guest Artists at CCP Rehearsal Hall

Since the launch of its digital platform BP OnStream in July 2020, Ballet Philippines has dedicated itself to supporting artists in performance arts. The website’s Masterclass, most especially, was designed and developed aiming to engage and connect artists, trainers, and choreographers amid restrictions of a pandemic. It has since welcomed into its virtual classroom superstars of the dance world, and has contributed to the career growth of countless ballet dancers.

As the world now enters hybrid models for learning, interacting and exchanging of ideas, the country’s premier dance company goes beyond barriers and boundaries with its first Masterclass for the season, Creators, Copyrights and IP Law. It is a departure from the usual dance Masterclasses in Ballet Philippines’ virtual classrooms.

It is not uncommon for creators and artists to work with organizations or companies. When engaged in creative partnerships and collaboration, both parties are often left to deal with the guesswork where ownership, copyrights and IP of the work are concerned. Who owns the work? What are the legal and moral rights of the creator? How can companies protect their rights as the commissioning body? How can both parties enter into a mutually beneficial contract?

Realizing this gap, Ballet Philippines sought out to design an exciting Masterclass focused on the  Philippine Laws on Copyrights and IP.  During this MASTERCLASS, audiences will:

  • Learn about Philippine laws on copyrights and intellectual Property–its parameters, definitions, bounds, and coverage.

  • Discover how copyrights and intellectual property laws are designed to protect and guide creative talents as they pursue professional careers.

  • Understand the dynamics between creators, companies and other businesses as they enter into partnerships that ultimately involve ownership to copyrights and intellectual property.

BP’S Masterclass: Creators, Copyrights, and IP will be held on August 2, Tuesday at 3 p.m. via Zoom.

Registration may be done online via this link: or join the Masterclass as it is aired live via Ballet Philippines’ Facebook page,

For more information, email BALLET PHILIPPINES at [email protected]

Atty. Lorna Patajo-Kapunan graduated from the University of the Philippines AB Political Science (1973) and LLB (Law) 1978 and had seminar courses in Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII) Tokyo (1997); National Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo Italy (September 2005); Summer Course International Humanitarian Law, Magdalene College, Cambridge University, London UK (July 2010).

In 2011, she founded Kapunan Garcia & Castillo Law Offices. Although recognized as one of the leading litigation lawyers in the country, she has extended her legal expertise to licensing law, franchising, corporate and commercial law, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, international humanitarian law, family law, estate law and succession and entertainment law. She is also the leading expert in matters of IP and Copyrights in the Philippines.

Atty. Rico V. Domingo is the immediate president of the Philippine Bar Association (PBA), an established and widely respected organization of volunteer lawyers in the country. He is also the country’s  leading legal expert in all matters surrounding the 1993 Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (Republic Act No 8293). His role as the lead author for The Main Report on Improving Adjudication Procedures for the Resolution of Intellectual Property Rights Cases in the Philippines served as the pillars for what we now know as The Intellectual Property Code.

He is also a product of the State University’s elementary, high school, and College of Arts and Science. He earned his Bachelor of Law Degree (LI. B equivalent to Juris Doctor) from the University of the Philippines where he placed in the top 10 of this class.

Atty. Domingo obtained his Master of Laws (LI.M) degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law (in Indiana, USA). He also earned substantial units at the Kelly Business School, which soon led to a Master of Business Administration degree. At the Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Atty. Domingo endeavored into Post-Graduate Studies specializing in Trade Practice of Trade Policy: Economic, Negotiations and Rule.

Atty. Domingo was admitted to: the Philippine Bar, State of New York Bar, US Federal District Courts, Philippine Intellectual Property Office, as well as the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington DC.

His work in academia spans over a decade. Since 2000, Atty. Domingo has been teaching Constitutional Law, Media Law and Ethics, Remedial Law as well as Intellectual Property Law at the Ateneo School of Law. He also taught at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism, Communication Department of the ADMU.

Atty. Domingo was the first chair to lead the Videogram Regulatory Board (now the Optical Media Board) and General Counsel for the Film Board. He is the Asia Pacific Regional Council and Deputy Director of Operations of the Motion Picture Export Association of America/Motion Picture Association of America.

He led the SRI International-Washington D.C Research Group. He took on the role as Lead Author for The Main Report on Improving Adjudication Procedures for the Resolution of Intellectual Property Rights Cases in the Philippines. Substantial findings and recommendations from the report would later serve as the pillars for what we now know as the 1993  Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (Republic Act No. 8293).

Atty. Domingo is the Country Group Head and Councilor of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (AIPA). He is also a Trustee of the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines (IPAP).

Very recently, he focused on the proliferation in the mass media of disinformation. As the Convenor of the Movement Against Disinformation (MAD), Atty. Domingo now dedicates his efforts to addressing the spread of disinformation and false news in the Internet and social media platforms.

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