LEGAL MANDATE OF IP PHILIPPINES
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPO PHILS) was created by Republic Act 8293, known as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, to manage and administer the intellectual property (IP) system of the country and implement the State policy that – “…an effective intellectual property system is vital to the development of domestic and creative activity, facilitates transfer of technology, attracts foreign investments, and ensures market access for our products. (Thus, the State) shall protect and secure the exclusive rights of scientist, inventors, artist and gifted citizens to their intellectual property and creations, particularly when beneficial to the people, for such periods as provided in this Act. “The organizational mission of IPO PHILS is to be “a knowledge–driven government organization that works towards economic, technological and sociocultural development by communicating, enabling and ensuring the effective use of the IP system in all levels of society for the creation, protection, utilization and enforcement of IP.” And IPO PHILS envisions “an Intellectual Property Conscious Philippines in a demystified, development – oriented and democratized IP System by 2020.”
(3D IP, 2020 VISION)
In line with the foregoing strategic intent, IPO PHILS proposes to establish a network of Innovation & Technology Support Offices (patent libraries) in areas and institutions with high potential for patent activity, such as usage of patent information, filing of patents & commercialization of patented inventions. This shall be the institutional mechanism to demystify and democratize the patent system so that it can be an effective tool to propel technological development.
A demystified patent system is evidenced by the fact that majority of the knowledge generators, researchers and R&D proponents in the country know how to access global scientific and technology information through the patent database, and when they wish to protect their innovations, they will know how to obtain patents.
A democratized patent system means that patent is an inter‐disciplinary concern, involving businessmen, researchers, engineers, scientists, faculty, students, government, lawyers and other professions, who will know about and use the patent information, engage in patenting activities and participate in technology commercialization.
A development-oriented patent system implies that the patent system is fashioned as an effective tool to bring progress and prosperity, purposely tailored‐fit to the particular needs and interests of, and readily accessible, by those who want to use patent information and obtain patents.
ITSO VISION & MISSION – PRINCIPLES & PROMISES
ITSO Network Vision Statement
“A network of innovation and technology support offices covering and serving all regions of the Philippines, enabling and supporting increased innovation in the Philippines, protection of Philippine innovation worldwide through patents, and utilization and commercialization of Philippine patented innovation worldwide, thereby working innovation and IP into the social and economic life of the Philippines.”
ITSO Network Mission Statement
“The ITSO network is committed to providing affordable quality patent information and IP services to universities, research institutions, businesses and inventors throughout all regions of the Philippines, to support research and development which will have a positive social, economic, technological and environmental impact on the Philippines.”
Each individual ITSO may also develop its own customized Vision and Mission Statements in line with its own host institution’s vision and mission. The following can be used as a template:
Model Vision Statement for individual ITSO that may be customized as needed:
An innovation and technology support office serving our host institution and local community, enabling and supporting increased innovation in our host institution and community, protection of our innovation worldwide through patents, and utilization and commercialization of patented innovation worldwide for the benefit of our host institution, local community and the Philippines.
Model Mission Statement for individual ITSO that may be customized as needed:
The ITSO is committed to providing affordable quality patent information and IP services to our host institution, our local community and the Philippines, to support research and development which will have a positive social, economic, technological and environmental impact on our community and the Philippines. It is our goal to meet our users’ expectations for quality and service, while paying close attention to each user’s individual needs.
We strive to provide the training, the tools and environment necessary to bring both personal and professional development to each of our staff.
Our customers deserve the same level of quality, efficiency, value and professionalism that we would want for ourselves. We believe ITSO exists to serve a meaningful need for the customer.
We strive to steward the financial resources of our investors wisely.
Our Promises to the Customer
Each customer is our most important customer.
We understand the needs of each customer and tailor our service to meet their individual needs. We strive to make IP accessible and user friendly to enable the customer to innovate, own and commercialize IP and in this way contribute to the welfare and economic of our community.
We stand behind our work.
We are experts at what we do. We have the tools and the training to deliver on the promises we make. We start each job with the desire to do it right the first time. If we fall short, we work equally hard to make it right. We always look for ways to improve our performance.
Our Promises to the Employee
We provide rewarding work environment.
We provide training and equipment to equip our staff technicians with knowledge, tools and technologies to maximize competence and productivity.
We instill and promote leadership, principles, and personal growth
We strive to provide our employees with a career. We are emotionally intelligent leaders who view our employees as members of a team. We provide opportunities for advancement and reward excellence.
We help people grow.
We use a training style of leadership to help our employees develop so as not only meet the customers need but to achieve personal intellectual and economic growth.
Our Promises to the Investor
We are responsible stewards.
We appreciate the opportunity to use the resources provided to do our work, and with these resources, our labor shall bear greater results.
We will increase investor value.
Investing in us will yield plenty. We will strive to sustain the business and develop the market for our services.
The overall objective of establishing an ITSO network within the USeP is to strengthen local institutional capacity to access patent information and use the patent system. This is in line with the mandate of IPO PHILS and more specifically, its 3D IP 2020 VISION as the ITSO network will demystify and democratize the patent system, and use it as tool for national development.
Demystifying the patent system. Through the ITSO network, IPO PHILS will build the institutional capacity of universities, R&D entities, government field offices, industry service providers, consultants and associations to teach and conduct, on their own, patent searches, patent drafting and provide assistance in patent prosecution. Initially, IPO PHILS & WIPO will provide skills training to ITSO staff and constituents while the host entities can provide a steady steam of demand for patent information and patent filing so that those trained can master their skills through constant practice. With the cooperation of different patent professionals, IP PHILS will also assist ITSO in delivering its services in the first few years. However, eventually, the ITSO will conduct its own training to continue spreading patent searching and drafting skills to the community, and it will serve the community by conducting patent search, drafting patents and assisting patent applicants.
Democratizing the patent system. With the presence of ITSO in the local institutions, not only will science and technological knowledge from the patent databases become more readily accessible but it is also expected that there will be an increase in the number of proficient patent searchers, drafters and practitioners in the locality. Eventually, a growing community of patent information users and patent drafters can be organized by IPO PHILS for the purpose of engaging a broad‐based dialogue and continuing discussion on how to improve the patent system in the country and other issues.
Development-orient patent system. The ITSO serves as the institutional link between IPO PHILS and aggregations of potential patent system users. Thus, ITSO brings IPO PHILS closer to the public and beneficiaries of the patent system. Further, in choosing the host entities for ITSO to be located, IPO PHILS can effectively target particular sectors or industries whose work or business will be greatly benefited by patent information and patent protection.
More specifically, the ITSO supports the development of more IP creation, facilitate IP protection and promote IP utilization by performing the following functions:
In Support of IP creation by facilitating access to global science & technology information:
- Serve as a patent search facility and library for patent information;
- Provide skills training in patent searching;
- Render patent search services; and
- Organize a community of patent information users.
In Support of IP protection by promoting domestic and globally recognized innovations:
- Provide general information on patents and patenting;
- Provide skills training in patent drafting and prosecution;
- Render patent drafting and prosecution services; and
- Organize a community of experts to participate in patent examination.
In Support of IP utilization by assisting the commercialization of globally competitive innovations:
- Render IP audit and evaluation services;
- Provide licensing support;
- Provide advice on IP management & commercialization strategies; and
- Be a depositary of patent‐related documents, papers and statistics.