Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Office’s Operations During the Enhanced Community Quarantine Period

Updated as of 19 May 2020

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is temporarily suspending work from 16 March 2020 until 14 April 2020.

All hearings and mediations scheduled within said period are suspended.

While it shall no longer accept manual filing of applications for trademark or patent, applications may continue to be filed through the IPOPHL’s online filing and payment channels, but processing shall commence when IPOPHL operations resume.

For applications claiming priority date, online filing must be used to comply with the prescribed period although payment of filing fees may be made within 45 days from the online filing date, instead of at the date of filing as originally required.

The deadlines for documents such as Declarations of Actual Use, requests for renewal of registration and responses to office actions, and payment of fees such as annuity and filing fees, that fall due during this period, are deemed extended for ​45 days, instead of the original period of 30 days​, from due date.

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This has been updated by the latest article on IPO's Modified Operations During the MECQ.

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