Intellectual Property Rights Registration in the Philippines
We offer Intellectual Property Rights Registration services to protect your products and services from being pirated.
As an entrepreneur, ensuring that your products and services are safe from being pirated is a crucial aspect of running a business.
Foreign and local enterprises engaged in providing products and services to their market should register for intellectual property rights in the Philippines to prevent any unlawful copies, duplication, or claims of your name, service, or product.
The Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines
Republic Act No. 8293, also known as the Intellectual Property Code (IPC) of the Philippines, protects the intellectual and industrial property rights of individuals, entrepreneurs, and businesses in the country.
The IPC was formed to create an effective intellectual and industrial property system to help develop domestic and creative activity in the Philippines. Under the IPC, it protects scientists, investors, artists, and other gifted citizens to their intellectual property and creations, particularly when beneficial to the people.
The governing body of intellectual property rights in the Philippines is the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). They are responsible for regulating, administering, and managing intellectual property rights in the Philippines.
Registering Your Intellectual Property Rights
In the Philippines, there are six categories under the intellectual property code that allows enterprises to register to protect the product and services of their business. The categories are as follows:
- Utility Model
- Industrial Design
For local and foreign businesses, Patent, Trademark, and Copyright are among the most common categories they can register their creation and claim as intellectual property.
How To Register for IP Rights in the Philippines?
To protect and claim certain IP rights for specific products or services produced under your company, you must register your entity with IPOPHL.
You can register for intellectual property rights through the IPOPHL e-services portal, providing you with relevant documents, procedures, and fees needed to secure your rights. Documentary requirements may vary depending on the IP rights you wish to acquire.
Generally, the IP rights registration process is as follows:
- Visit IPOPHL e-services or the “Online Filing” portal
- Determine the kind of requirements you need for the application (IPOPHL provides an online database to help determine the requirements)
- Choose the appropriate IP right you wish to acquire and click “File” to proceed with the registration.
- Fill out the necessary information and follow the 6-step process
- Pay the necessary fees
- Wait for confirmation and approval from IPOPHL
Depending on your application, IPOPHL may require you to submit additional documents or undergo a post-filing process as part of your application.
Secure the Appropriate IP Rights for Your Business in the Philippines
Starting a business and building your brand can be a demanding feat. Taking the time to acquire the necessary intellectual property rights can protect your company from potential fraud and legal issues regarding your products and services.
Moreover, securing the appropriate IP rights for your business enables you to freely improve, scale, and modify your product and services with ease. If you find IP registration exhaustive, you can reach out to business consulting firms to help guide you through the IP rights registration and acquisition process.
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With a full suite of corporate solutions and extensive partners across the legal field, our team can guide you through the relevant IP rights laws and determine the appropriate IP right for your business, product, or services.