Be empowered by knowing Intellectual Property rights

Are you an inventor, a designer, or a proprietor? Are you working in a creative field? If you are, are you aware of your Intellectual Property (IP) rights?

Ushering a new vision of an Intellectual Property-conscious Philippines in a demystified, development-oriented, and democratized Intellectual Property system by 2020, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) reaches out to netizens by holding the 1st IP Bloggers’ Conference last April 17 at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Intellectuall Property Center in Upper McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

In his welcome remarks, IPOPHL Officer-in-Charge Atty. Allan Gepty pointed out how IP, like the Internet, can be a great equalizer. Citing J. K. Rowling as an example, he emphasized how beneficial to creators such as writers licensing can be.

Mr. Leo Losantas gave an overview of the IPOPHL. Created through Republic Act No. 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, IPOPHL is the Philippines’ lead agency in implementing state policies on IP.

Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright

Basic orientation on patents, trademarks, and copyright were given by Engr. Amelita Amon, Mr. Marlon Carag, and Atty. Louie Calvario, respectively.

A patent is an exclusive right granted by the State through the IPOPHL to a patent owner for a product, process, or an improvement of of a product or process for a specified period. A mark is any visible sign capable of distinguishing the goods (trademark) or services (service mark) of an enterprise and shall include a stamped or marked container of goods. Copyright pertains to the rights given to creators or authors for their literary and artistic works.

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Atty. Calvario discusses copyright at the 1st IP Bloggers’ Conference

Aside from the registration of IP assets, the IPOPHL seeks to develop the three facets of the IP system: economic, technological, and socio-cultural to encourage innovation, and respect for IP.

To learn more about IP and IPOPHL, visit http://www.ipophil.gov.ph/.

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