IPOPHL registering a record number of intellectual property filingsAAA IPRIGHT5
On Thursday, the Intellectual Property of the Philippines (IPOPHL) reported that it received more intellectual property (IP) filings during the first nine months of the year.
According to IPOPHL, applications for intellectual property protection increased by 4.4 percent from January to September this year, reaching 36,709 from 35,172 in the same period in 2021.
Since the first part of the year, the country’s IP filings have surpassed the pre-pandemic level.
“The latest figures show impressive recovery in IP filings as we are on track to exceeding the pre-pandemic volume. This is largely driven by increased economic activities as several areas where quarantine restrictions have de-escalated to their laxest yet,” IPOPHL director general Rowel Barba said.
He also linked the increase in IP filings to the agency’s increased efforts to improve awareness of IP rights.
Patents, trademarks, utility models, and industrial designs can be registered for IP protection.
With 31,665 applications, trademarks accounted for the majority of IP filings in the first nine months of the year. Over the previous year, trademark filings increased by 5.6 percent.
Philippine-based trademark proprietors made the most applications, accounting for 19,762 or 62 percent of all trademark registrations.
“The bulk of trademark filings were in pharmaceuticals, health, cosmetics (with a 19 percent share), followed by agricultural products and services (16.8 percent) and scientific research, information and communication technology (14.5 percent),” IPOPHL added.
Patent submissions increased by 2.3 percent year on year to 3,116 over the same time. Non-residents applied for 2,807 patents in this country, accounting for 90% of all patent applications.
Pharmaceuticals, organic fine chemistry, and biotechnology were the industries with the highest patent filings from January to September of this year.
During the same time period, 923 industrial designs and 1,005 utility models requested IP protection.
Meanwhile, IPOPHL revealed that copyright registrations increased by 69.1% to 2,602 in the first nine months of 2022 when compared to the same time the previous year.
Books, pamphlets, articles, e-books, audiobooks, comics, novels, and other writings controlled copyright registrations during the period, followed by literary, scholarly, scientific, and artistic works; and drawings, paintings, architectural works, sculpture, engraving, prints, lithography, or other works of art, models or designs for works of art.
“As IPOPHL also ensured a strong presence in various channels to help more Filipinos protect their IP, we are confident in maintaining our recovery momentum throughout the rest of 2022,” Barba added.
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