A dramatic rise in the Philippines’ IP filings numbersAAA IPRIGHT2
The Covid-19 pandemic has slowly reached the end of its expansion road. In the Philippines, the restrictions, as well as limitations, have also been removed one by one cautiously. With the barriers withdrawn, IP organizations in the Philippines as well as internationally have seen a dramatic increase in the country’s IP filings indications in the first half of 2022.
Not just because of the loosening of the restrictions, but the efforts made by the Philippine government, IPOPHL in general, as well as IP organizations in this country, in particular, have also been the supporting structures behind the rise of IP filings in this country.
According to the data issued by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), the total number of IP applications in this country has surged dramatically in the first half of 2022.
Specifically, during this period, applications for patents, trademarks, utility models, and industrial designs reached 23,410, up 1.6% from the 23,048 filings during the same period in 2021.
In addition, when compared to the same period in the first half of 2019, this number is about 2% larger (22,968 applications were recorded in the first half of 2019).
Regarding trademarks, in the first 6 months of 2022, there were 20,300 trademark registrations, a 2.9% increase from the same period in comparison to the previous year. In this, locals made up 62%, or 12,514 and 7,786 were from non-residents.
Pharmaceutical, health, and cosmetic items numbered 6,145, taking up the majority of trademark registrations, closely pursued by agricultural goods and services with 5,403, and scientific research, information, and communication technologies with 4,697.
Regarding patents, there has been a 0.10% increase compared to the same period last year, with 1,949 patent applications. 90% of these are non-resident submissions (1,747).
Pharmaceuticals recorded 1,272 patent applications, organic fine chemistry 571, and biotechnology 370. These are the 3 most popular sectors.
Regarding utility models, the Philippines witnessed a 21.7% decrease in filings numbers to 622. Among this, 94% are resident filings which also saw a decrease of 23.3% year over year.
In this, food chemistry accounted for 211 of the filings, other special machines has 43 filings, and the information technology approach for management accounted for the majority of the Utility models submitted with 39 filings.
Regarding copyright, the number of records and deposits for copyright increased by 129% to 1722.
Photographic works accounted for most of the deposits with 386 filings.
Books, pamphlets, articles, e-books, audiobooks, comics, and other publications accounted for 536 filings.
Strong signal for the Philippines’ rise
These indications signal that the Philippines is on the right path to developing and expanding IP awareness as well as IP influence on society.
IPOPHL’s Director General Rowel S. Barba stated on this matter: “The increase in the first half is representative of the reduced COVID-19 constraints that rekindled economic operations and IPOPHL’s amplified awareness and education programs.”
He added: “IPOPHL intends to maintain momentum in igniting Filipinos’ deeper awareness of the advantages of IP through our existing and forthcoming initiatives and projects to incentivize IP development, protection, and commercialization. In order to promote a strong, inclusive, and quick recovery, we also wish to foster more original and creative intellectual efforts this year.”
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