Manila Bulletin

IPOPHL eyes 75% hike in innovation­driven lings


The Intellectu­al Property Office of the Philippine­s (IPOPHL) targets a 75 percent increase in Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO)-driven IP lings by 2025.

IPOPHL Director General Rowel S. Barba said this as he shared with peers in the Asia-Paci c Economic Cooperatio­n (APEC) during a recent virtual meeting its experience in fostering university innovation­s to enter the global patents system, touting as agship initiative­s its program with the academic community and IPOPHL’s operation as an internatio­nal authority under the Patent Cooperatio­n Treaty (PCT).

IPOPHL rst noted the success of its Program in mainstream­ing IP in the creative and innovative landscapes of higher educationa­l institutio­ns (HEIs).

“The ITSO Program has brought about a change in the culture of academe characteri­zed by greater awareness on the importance of IP protection,” said Barba.

Housed in HEIs and R&D centers, IPOPHL-steered ITSOs provide a wide range of capacity building initiative­s; subsidize members’ subscripti­on to proprietar­y databases; and waive select patents fees and annuities on the condition that a member applies through the global PCT track.

The ITSO network is currently at 100. Over the years, ITSOs have enabled partner-schools to contribute signi cantly in annual resident IP filings, especially in patents and utility models (UM). UM

lings was cited as one of the major drivers for the Philippine­s to climb four spots to 50th in the Global Innovation Index 2020.

IPOPHL data showed that in 2019, ITSOs accounted for 54 percent of total resident filings for patents, growing from a 41 percent share in the previous year. On utility model (UM) applicatio­ns, ITSOpartne­rs contribute­d 50 percent last year growing from 45 percent in 2018.

To sustain their contributi­on, IPOPHL is reaching for the stars as we target for a 75 percent increase in resident lings of ITSOs by 2025, to 2,842 from 1,624 in 2019. This is achievable with IPOPHL’s intent to be aggressive in scaling up ITSOs' IP capacities.

At present, IPOPHL has 100 ITSO-partners, from only 84 in 2019, and continues to welcome into this growing network hightechno­logy delivering institutio­ns keen on riding the waves of technologi­cal developmen­t, and advancing their position with protected IP assets.

With the anticipati­on of more lings, IPOPHL said it will put heavier focus on the more challengin­g but important task of pushing universiti­es' and colleges' presence into global frontiers through the PCT.

The PCT is a cost-effective system that facilitate­s applicatio­ns for patent protection in select or all the 152 PCT-contractin­g economies through single filing instead of multiple, separate lings.

"Intensifyi­ng promotion of universiti­es' and colleges' use of and access to the PCT will diversify Philippine­s' tech offerings in foreign markets. For innovators, the PCT will allow them to tap vaster opportunit­ies and hone their global competitiv­eness," Barba said.

Key to achieving this push, Barba said, is enhancing IPOPHL’s competence as an Internatio­nal Searching Authority and Internatio­nal Preliminar­y Examining Authority, a designatio­n it was given in October 2017.

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