IP SATELLITE OFFICE
As part of IP Philippines’ vision to promote the effective use of IP for national development and global competitiveness, Intellectual Property Field Operations Unit (IP-FOU) was created. Under IP-FOU, IP satellite offices were established in selected areas in the country to provide a base for launching public awareness campaigns in key areas and make technical and advisory services readily available to enable IP stakeholders in the regions ensure the effective use of the IP system for protection and commercialization of their IP assets.
Last November 2008 marked the birth of IP Philippines Satellite Offices with the opening of the 1st & 2nd IPSOs in Cebu and Davao Cities respectively. The establishment of these IPSOs has drawn support from IP partners such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The IP Philippines FOU team works in collaboration with the DTI – RODG through its regional and provincial offices in the implementation of the IPSO projects and in making IP Philippines services accessible in the regions. In its initial operation from August to December 2008 alone, there had been a significant increase in IP filing at the regional and local levels.
Following on the success of the satellite offices in Cebu and Davao, four (4) new ones were established in 2009 in Angeles City in Pampanga, Legazpi City in Albay, Baguio City in Benguet and General Santos City in South Cotabato.
An Area Manager manages each IPSO location and one IP Field Specialist is detailed in the IP Satellite Office to accept applications and conduct IP consultation and advisory services to walk-in clients.
For IP Stakeholders, IPSO has three major importance
a) essential in the effective and efficient use of IP as a strategic tool for countryside development and competitiveness;
b) capitalizes on the opportunity to collaborate with government offices such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and local government units (LGUs) in strengthening the protection of intellectual property rights in the countryside, and
c) key factor in providing a platform for regional policy makers (DTI, LGUs, and business associations and intermediaries) to integrate IP in empowering the capabilities of various stakeholders.
For IP Philippines, the IPSO program aims to be in the forefront of activities geared towards:
a. IP asset creation and IP registration;
b. Strengthening competencies of institutional partners. IPSO has existing MOU with 23 institutional partners from inventors group, groups from the academe, local chapters of PCCI, local SME groups and local PhilExport offices;
c. Establishment of IP Core groups and IP associations in every region.
IP Philippines continues to build on the framework of cooperation and partnership with public and private sectors, such as, the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, local government units, State Colleges & Universities, financial institutions, investors groups and keeping on undertaking a number of IP-related programs and activities like seminar workshops, promotional and information campaigns, partnerships and networking collaborations, and commercialization assistance programs which have blossomed to plausible results and, in parallel, continue to build up the IP stakeholders awareness on IP creation and utilization cycles.
IPSO ON THE GO: ASSISTING MSMEs IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
IPOPHL urged Cebu furniture makers to protect their industrial designs
Engr. Eric C. Paden, IP Field Operations Unit (IPFOU) Area Manager for Visayas urged Cebu furniture manufacturers to register their industrial designs with the IPOPHL. In a newspaper interview last October 15, 2015, he said “Cebu is a furniture city and yet only a few furniture producers in Cebu have registered their industrial designs with the IPOPHL.” He told The Freeman, a daily newspaper published in Cebu, that the person or entity that registered the design is assured an exclusive right against unauthorized use or copying of the design by another party and that protecting one’s intellectual property helps ensure a fair return on investment. He, further said that an “effective system of intellectual property protection benefits consumers and the public, by promoting fair competition and honest trade practices and encouraging creativity and promoting more aesthetically attractive products.”
Mandaluyong "Tiger City" Negosyo Center Launching held on September 29, 2015 at Amado T. Reyes Park, City Hall Compound, Maysilo Circle, Plainview, Mandaluyong City
The Negosyo Center is Sen. Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV's legislation (RA 10644) that aims to be a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs (MSMEs in particular) to gain access to services that cater their need in processing requirements in establishing business andin accessing business informations.
Mandaluyong is first to launch the Negosyo center for the National Capital Region and 91st for the whole of the Philippines.
Patent Writeshop at Cebu Normal University (CNU), Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City on September 16 - 18, 2015 which was participated by the school’s faculty and staff
Orgullo Kan Bikol Regional Trade Fair at Megatrade Hall, 5th Level, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City on Oct 8-9, 2015