One of the most crucial factors in business is intellectual property (IP). According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), IP refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. IP is protected by law through patents, copyrights and trademarks. A trademark right is a private right, and the trademark owner is responsible for the monitoring and enforcement of this right.
The Philippines is a member country of the WIPO, and respects the filing process for patent and trademark registrations of all other member countries. Thus, when planning to use a logo or symbol for business, it must be first registered with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of the Philippines, where the IPO maintains the registry of all existing trademarks, online and viewable through their website.
Trademark applications in the Philippines last for a period of 10 years, renewable; however, all trademarks must be put into actual use within 3 years of registration or they will be deleted from the trademark registration index.
Triple i Consulting is familiar with IPO and the entire trademark registration process. Our legal team can quickly conduct the necessary searches, prepare the proper application, file the entire process with IPO, and secure your company’s intellectual property and trademark rights.