Lunes, Abril 20, 2015

Empowering The Public About Intellectual Propery

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  Through Republic Act No. 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) was created. It is the Philippines’ lead agency in implementing state policies on Intellectual Property (IP).

It is headed by a Director General and is composed of seven bureaus:

1.       Bureau of Patents (BOP)
Processes the registration, examination and granting of patent applications, utility models, industrial designs, and integrated circuits

2.       Bureau of Trademarks
Conducts the search, examination, and granting of the applications for the registration of marks, geographic indications and other marks of ownership

3.       Bureau of Legal Affairs
Handles all legal matters concerning Intellectual Property Rights

4.       Documentation, Information, and Technology Transfer Bureau
Provides technical support services to the other bureaus and takes charge of Intellectual Property promotion activities and knowledge management in the country

5.       Management Information Service
In charge of maintaining IPOPHL’s information technology systems

6.       Financial Management and Administrative Service
Ensures the proper utilization of IPOPHL funds

7.       Bureau of Copyright [currently ad hoc]
The newest addition to the IPOPHL family promotes awareness of IP rights and the accreditation of collective management organizations (CMOs)

Aside from the registration of patents, trademarks, and copyright, IPOPHL also offers patent information searches, dispute resolution, adjudication of Inter Partes cases and IP violations, technology transfer, and training.

In an effort to expand the reach of IPOPHL, Intellectual Property Satellite Offices (IPSOs) in Cebu and Davao were established in 2008. After this initiative to make IP services more accessible and to ease the implementation of projects in the said regions, there was an increase in IP filings seen in both areas. Soon after, offices in Baguio City, Angeles City, Legaspi City, Iloilo City, Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, and General Santos City were set up as a result of two pilot IPSOs’ success.  

In 2012, the Innovation Technology Support Office (ITSO) network was established to push for the commercialization of technologies generated from the research outputs of local universities, research institutions, businesses, and inventors. There are currently over 80 certified ITSOs spread throughout the archipelago.

More recently, IP Depot –the Philippines’ first online IP marketplace was launched. Owners of registered IP assets can use the website as a free showground while other users can easily shop for IPs, including the latest and available technology for their businesses.


The IPOPHL logo features a letter “O” in the shape of a light bulb, the universal symbol of a good idea. Inside the light bulb is the word “una” which means first, as written in Baybayin, an ancient pre-colonial Philippine writing system used from the 16th to 19th centuries. At IPOPHL, premium is given to being first, as “first in time results in seniority of rights” whether in the registration of a patent, trademark, copyright or other related rights.

Martes, Abril 14, 2015

Be One of the Asia CEO Awardee 2015, Nomination Opens This May 1!

 The nomination period for the 2015 Asia CEO Awards, the Philippines's biggest annul business event will start on May 1, 2015 Labor Day

   Some of the biggest names in Philippine business have been recipients of the coveted award; Henry Sy Chairman of SM Prime Holdings, Secretary Ramon S Jimenez Jr. of Department of Tourism (2014 Lifetime  Contributor Award) Roberto Juanchito Dispo, President of First Metro Investment Corporation (2014 Global Filipino Executive of the year)

  In 2014, the other big winners in the annual award include Smart Communictaions (Top Employer Executive of the Year) and SM Prime Holdings (Executive Leadership Team of the Year) among others.

  Rebecca Bustamante, President of Asia CEO Awards, the 2015 Asia Ceo Awards is exciting because nomination will be accepting the ASEAN Region

   The Asia CEO Awards “is consider the Asia CEO Awards largest event of its kind in Southeast Asia and we plan to make it into a true regional event that promote the entire region to the world’s greatest companies and leader, Bustamante said.

   She believes the Philippines is one of the world’s top performing economies will have a greater rode in Asia in the coming years.

The nomination period for the Asia CEO Awards, will end on September 28, 2015 and the winners will be announced during the Gala Night  on November 11, 2015 at Marriot Hotel, Manila.

Everyone is welcome to submit nomination for the awards. No fees are collected for submitting nominations.

  One of the new awards that will be given in the 2015 Asia CEO Awards, is the “I-Remit Heart For OFWs Company of the Year” for recognition that promote the welfare of the overseas Filipino workers and their families.

Aside from the “Heart of OFWs Company of the Year” award, the other categories this year include:

KPMG Executive Leadership of the Year
Top Employer of the Year
Smart Enterprise Global Executive of the Year
JLL Expatriate Executive of the Year
ADP Service Excellence Company of the Year
Shore Solutions Most Innovative Company of the  Year
Captial One Young Leader of the Year
First Cabon Solution Green Company of the Year
CSR Comapany of the Year
Technology Company of the Year
Philippine Airlines Hospitality Destiny of the Year
A distinguish group of judges assess all the nominations. This year’s jusdges include

Dr. Bernie Villegas distinguished Filipino ‘economist and Professor University of  Asia and the Pacific
Don Felbaun, former President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Philippines
Edward Chang, President of the Korean Chamber of Commerce Philippines
Jun Palafox, Principal architect of the World-renowned Architectural Design Firm Palafox Associate
Oscar Sanez, vice presiden for international operations, at San Miguel Foods Corp and

Ricahrad Mills, President of the Canadian Chanmber of Commerce of Philippines

Huwebes, Abril 9, 2015

Manila International Auto Show 2015 At World Trade Center And PhillTrade

There’s no denying that summer has officially arrived in our side of the planet. And turning the heat up several degrees higher is no less than the annual Manila International Auto Show or MIAS 2015, which officially opened its doors, last April 9. Running until April 12, this year’s auto madness occupies the entirety of the World Trade Center Manila complex with a total exhibition area of 30,000 m2 – including the WTC and Philippine Trade Training Center and Annex Tents A and B, the country’s biggest auto show also spreads throughout the outdoor area to give way for the stunt area and outdoor test driving area.

    Living up to its reputation as the most-anticipated auto show in the country, MIAS is bent on upping its A-game each year as it seeks to break previous records as a fiery evidence of its gamechanging flair. Last year, as it celebrates its first decade in the industry, over a hundred thousand visitors gathered to witness over 500 cars and trucks on display along with over 90 units of motorbike displays from 30 different brands and a collective total of 139 exhibitors and participating companies to showcase the latest and greatest innovations and trends from the automotive scene.