MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (MSMES)
Trademarks and Patents
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IP Philippines) draws its mandate from Republic Act (RA) No. 8293, otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, which took effect on 01 January 1998.
Powers and Functions:
- Examine applications for grant of letters patent for inventions and registers utility models and industrial designs.
- Examine applications for the registration of marks, geographic indications, and integrated circuits.
- Register technology transfer arrangements and settle disputes involving technology transfer payments covered by the provisions of Part II, Chapter IX on Voluntary Licensing, and develop and implement strategies to promote and facilitate technology transfer.
- Promotes the use of patent information as a tool for technology development.
- Publish regularly in its own publication the patents, marks, utility models and industrial designs, issued and approved, and the technology transfer arrangements registered.
- Adjudicate inter parties and administrative cases on violations of IP rights.
- Coordinate with other government agencies and the private sector efforts to formulate and implement plans and policies to strengthen the protection of IP rights in the country.
Programs and Services:
- Information Dissemination – Develops and organizes information dissemination programs that specifically address the level of understanding of MSMEs, with the objective of assisting them reach the highest potential use of their IP rights
- SME Advisory Desk – Provides a more focused advisory and technical assistance to MSMEs
- MSME Seminars
- Making Your IP Your Most Valuable Business Asset
- The Role of the IP System in Economic and Technological Development
- Catapult Your Business Growth Through Intellectual Property
- Making IP an Active Partner in Your Business
- Strategies for Commercializing and Marketing IP Assets
- Use of Information by MSMEs
- Technology Information Brokering and Matching (TIBM) for SMEs
- Envisions to contribute significantly towards upgrading the competitiveness of the country’s MSMEs through the provision of a more focused and market-oriented technology information and other services
- Promotes, establishes, and enhances business linkages between prospective users of technology, the MSMEs, and the suppliers of technology like the inventors, patent holders, technical institutions, and the like
- Facilitates a pro-active, cost-effective technology information brokering and matching services for SMEs through the following activities:
- Assessing and determining the technology information needs of the MSMEs
- Sourcing and packaging the technology information needs by the MSMEs
- Disseminating the required information to the prospective users
- Facilitating the “encounter” and negotiation between the users and the suppliers of technology
- Packaging relevant documents like contracts, business plans, or feasibility studies for the clients
- Training Opportunities
- Extends training opportunities for MSMEs, not only in the Philippines, but also in other countries
- Two-Tiered Fee Structure
- 50-% reduction in the fees assessed by IP Philippines
- For a small entity:
- Any natural or juridical person whose assets amount to P20 million pesos or less
- Any entity, agency, office, bureau, or unit of the Philippine government including government-owned or/ controlled corporations (GOCCs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), and government owned or government-run schools.
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