By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is eyeing 50 percent growth in intellectual property filings from the provinces this year.
During the Intellectual Property Field Operations Unit dialogue with the Director General held recently, IPOPHL Director General Josephine R. Santiago said they will bolster awareness of intellectual property outside of Metro Manila, and will be making significant expansion strides in untapped cities this year.
Santiago put forward the challenge to hit a 50 percent growth in intellectual property filings from the provinces this
A 50 percent growth would translate to total IP filings target from the provinces at 5,159 for 2018, coming from IP filings from the countryside at 3,439 in 2017.
From 2013-2017, the IPOPHL has seen an average of 14 percent annual growth in intellectual property filings outside of Metro Manila.
“Our overarching objective in spreading the presence of IPSOs is to be able to stimulate the countryside into knowing and making the public, especially the micro,small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs, know that trademark is very relevant to their business – and to directly bring our services to them. We expect that with this, there will be more filers,” said Santiago said during the dialogue.
IPOPHL will be setting up two more intellectual property satellite offices (IPSOs) this year: one in Dumaguete , to be launched on May 23rd, and another in Zamboanga in the second half of the year.
In the capacity-building seminar for IP Satellite offices held prior to the dialogue, Deputy Director General Teodoro C. Pascua underlined the need to at least maintain, and at best exceed the 14 percent annual growth in IP filings from the countryside.
“The total IP filings from the provinces, in the period of 2013 to 2017 had been increasing with a notable 14 percent increase for the 5-year period. Increasing the filing and use of IP services is critical in order for IPOPHL to continuously promote intellectual property all across the country,” Deputy Director General Pascua said.
In 2013, the total IP filings from the regions and provinces were at 2,083, growing to 2,474 in 2014, then to 2,547 in 2015. In 2016, this number grew to 2,768, and to 3,439 in 2017.
Director Leny B. Raz , Head of the Intellectual Property Field Operations Unit (IPFOU) said this has been a result of IPOPHL’s strategic initiatives to promote inclusive growth by making IPOPHL’s services accessible in the regions and provinces through the establishment of IP Satellite Offices (IPSO).
Before the establishment of the satellite offices in the countryside , IP filings have been negligible.
Pursuant to the directive of the Director General Josephine Rima-Santiago, LL.M. ,IPOPHL will continue to trigger active participation of stakeholders in the regions in the utilization of the intellectual property system with the satellite offices serving as an effective vehicle.
There are currently 11 IPSOs, housed within DTI offices in the following cities: Cebu, Davao, Baguio, Pampanga, Legazpi, General Santos, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Tuguegarao, Tacloban, and the NCR office….