Filipino Patent Application

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Release time:2016-05-13

Filipino Patent Application Guide
The country's intellectual property authority is the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IP Philippines). The Intellectual Property Office has set up seven specialized agencies, including the Patent Office, the Trademark Office, the Legal Affairs Office, the Documentation, Information and Technology Transfer Office, the Information System Management and Electronic Procedure Processing Office, the Administration and Finance Office, and the Personnel Service Office, which are responsible for the corresponding work.
The Philippines joined the World Trade Organization in 1995, the World Intellectual Property Organization in 1980, the Paris Convention in 1965 and the Patent Cooperation Treaty in 2001.
Order No. 13-170 on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Enforcement Procedures was promulgated by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) on September 30, 2013, pursuant to Section 7(c)(d) and (e) of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (Act No. 8293). It sets out by-laws the duties of the Executive Office (IEO), established by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), and the authority of the IEO to inspect received information, reports and appeals. Government Order No. 14-068 of the Series of 2014 of the Philippines dated May 27, 2014, amending the Regulations and Rules on the Procedure of Parties has been promulgated by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). The Government Order further amends the existing Rules for the Implementation of Litigant Proceedings that the Legal Affairs Bureau (BLA) shall abide by in the settlement of litigant cases. The government order took effect on June 13, 2014. Circular 2014 Series No. 14-004, Delayed Publication of Industrial Design Applications, issued by the Philippine Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL) on May 20, 2014. The circular allows for a delay of up to 30 months from the date of filing or priority of the application, at the request of the applicant.
The Intellectual Property Law of the Philippines is the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines. Its main contents include: Chapter I Office of Intellectual Property, Chapter II Patent Law, Chapter III Trademark, Trade Name, and Service Trademark Law, Chapter IV Copyright Law, and Chapter V General Provisions.


There are three types of Philippine patents: Invention patents, utility models and designs.


Duration of Philippine Patent Protection
The term of protection for a patent for invention is 20 years from the date of application.
The term of utility model protection shall be 7 years from the date of application.
The design protection period is 5 years from the date of application and can be extended twice for 5 years each time.


Philippine Patent Examination System
1. The invention patent adopts the substantive examination system, the examination period is about 2-2.5 years, and the normal situation is 3 years authorization.
2. The utility model adopts the formal examination and registration system, and the normal situation is 1 to 1.5 years authorization.
3, the design of the form of examination and registration system, the normal situation is about 1 year authorization.