IPOPHL request university and college partners to advocate innovations for IP filings recovery

IPOPHL request university and college partners to advocate innovations for IP fillings recovery

IPOPHL request university and college partners to advocate innovations for IP filings recovery

The Covid-19 pandemic has driven intellectual property (IP) filings to drop significantly in 2020. To solve the crisis in IP filings, the IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has recently held many meetings with partners in the academy and university. The main focus of these contentions is to urge academe to fuel the recovery of IP filings by elevating the commercialization of the innovations of college students.

Last month, In its KaIPhan with the Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSOs – the department regarding the universities and institution-partners of IPOPHL), Rowel S. Barba – Director General of IPOPHL and Mary Grace Cruz-Yap – Director of Documentation, Information and Technology Transfer Bureau have requested ITSOs to speed up critical processing in order to accelerate turnaround times in registration.

Barba ensures that IPOPHL is constantly working to streamline its processes: “Since last year’s quarantine, IPOPHL has been making significant progress in transforming its e-services to provide stakeholders a smooth online experience from filing to registration.” 

“Nevertheless, we recognize that there is much room for improvement so we continuously work to upgrade our technological infrastructures and eliminate stumbling blocks that hamper the timely roll-out of innovations,” the IPOPHL director added.

ITSOs filings

IPOPHL discovered that its e-services remain to be maximized by several ITSOs. Therefore, Barba hoped to achieve higher usage among the 84-member ITSO network in the following times.

He also reemphasized the significant role of DITTB’s push to develop an ITSO dashboard. It will be an online platform for ITSOs to track their analytical accomplishments in IP applications, IP exercises, and overall performance as an ITSO.

According to DITTB’s Cruz-Yap, nursing ITSOs to recovery is essential for the Intellectual Property world. The restoration of ITSOs will sustain the Philippines’ gains in the Global Innovation Index ranking where ITSOs are recognized as a crucial contributor. Furthermore, it will also create technologies that can boost the economic recovery and social development process.

Took place in higher educational institutions and research and development centers, ITSOs aid many inventive, imaginative minds during their IP journey. ITSOs leave many footprints in the IP world, from IP awareness to patent search and drafting to commercialization and management.

The dramatic changes of filings and applications

In the past years, ITSO filings have been growing steadily, even accounting for nearly half of resident filings for patents and utility models (UM) in 2019. Yet, in 2020, ITSO filings for UM fell by 76% compared to 2019’s filings. At the same time, their applications dived by 69% for industrial designs and 62% for patents.

“These ending numbers are understandable given the disruption of COVID-19. We needed time to adjust, to transition, and to survey the new normal. But more than a year into the pandemic, we can no longer continue to be weighed down by it,” Cruz-Yap said.

“We must strive to rise again. And we have high hopes on ITSOs to turn around the lackluster innovation scene in 2020 to the vibrant environment it used to be before COVID-19, or even better,” she added.

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