Intellectual Property (IP)
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) renders the following services:

Grant and Registration of IP Rights

1. Grant of Letters Patent for Invention.
The Letter Patent is a grant given to an invention that embodies a technical solution to a problem. The solution offered must be new, involve an inventive step, and possess industrial applicability. The term of letters patent is 20 years from the filing date of the application with no renewal.

2. Registration of Utility Models. A certificate of registration for a utility model is granted when the technical feature of the technology is new and industrially applicable. The term of registration is seven years from the date of filing of the application with no renewal.

3. Registration of Industrial Designs. A certificate of registration for an industrial design is granted to a composition of lines or colors or any three-dimensional form of an article of manufacture that is new or original. The term of registration is five (5) years from the filing date of the application and renewable for two consecutive five year periods.

4. Registration of Integrated Circuits. A certificate of registration is a grant afforded to the topography of an integrated circuit, in its final form, in which the elements, at least one of which is an active element, and some or all of interconnections are integrally formed in/on a piece of material, and which is intended to perform an electronic function. The term of registration is 10 years from the date of filing of the application with no renewal.

5. Registration of Trademarks.
"Marks" are visible signs capable of distinguishing the goods (trademarks) or services (service marks) of an enterprise. Marked or stamped containers are considered also "marks". The registration is for a period of 10 years, renewable for subsequent 10 periods as long as the mark is being used in trade and commerce.

Legal Remedies
6. Adjudication of Inter Partes Cases. This involves hearing and deciding on opposition to the application for registration of marks; cancellation of trademarks; cancellation of patents, utility models, industrial designs, and layout designs; and petitions for compulsory licensing of patents

7. Adjudication of IP Violations Cases. Hearing and deciding on administrative complaints for violation of laws involving IP rights where the total damages claimed are not less than P200,000

Enterprise Development

8. Patent Search for the Public. This involves processing and organizing patent documents for classification and developing of search retrieval tools; developing of training modules for patent searches on Philippine patents and providing specialized trainings on search retrieval tools.

9. Technology Transfer Agreement Registration.
This involves evaluating compliance of Technology Transfer Agreements to provisions of the IP Code and developing training modules for technology transfer.

10. Mediation.
This involves ettling disputes on issues involving technology transfer payments and author's rights.

11. External Training.
This involves organizing training for the public to increase awareness, knowledge, and utilization of IP rights.

12. Advisory Services. This involves providing advisory in patenting, trademark registration, copyright, technical, and search.

Copyright Industries Development
13. Accreditation System. This involves establishing and administering an accreditation mechanism for collection societies.

14. Advisory Services. This involves assisting in the strengthening of collection societies.

15. Information, Training, and Educational Support. This involves providing information and education about IP rights for copyright industries.

Click here to visit the IPOPHL Website for more information.

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