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Intellectual Property Code (RA 8293)

Intellectual Property Code (RA 8293)

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INTELLECTUALPROPERTYCODEOFTHEPHILIPPINES[RepublicActNo.8293]ANACTPRESCRIBINGTHEINTELLECTUALPROPERTYCODEANDESTABLISHINGTHEINTELLECTUALPROPERTYOFFICE,PROVIDINGFORITSPOWERSANDFUNCTIONS,ANDFOROTHERPURPOSES.PARTITHEINTELLECTUALPROPERTYOFFICESection1.Title.‐ThisActshallbeknownasthe"IntellectualPropertyCodeofthePhilippines."Sec.2.DeclarationofStatePolicy.‐TheStaterecognizesthataneffectiveintellectualandindustrial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.Itshallprotectandsecuretheexclusiverightsofscientists,inventors,artistsandothergiftedcitizenstotheirintellectualpropertyandcreations,particularlywhenbeneficialtothepeople,forsuchperiodsasprovidedinthisAct.Theuseofintellectualpropertybearsasocialfunction.Tothisend,theStateshallpromotethediffusionofknowledgeandinformationforthepromotionofnationaldevelopmentandprogressandthecommongood.ItisalsothepolicyoftheStatetostreamlineadministrativeproceduresofregisteringpatents,trademarksandcopyright,toliberalizetheregistrationonthetransferoftechnology,andtoenhancetheenforcementofintellectualpropertyrightsinthePhilippines.(n)
 
Sec.3.InternationalConventionsandReciprocity.‐Anypersonwhoisanationalorwhoisdomiciledorhasarealandeffectiveindustrialestablishmentinacountrywhichisapartytoanyconvention,treatyoragreementrelatingtointellectualpropertyrightsortherepressionofunfaircompetition,towhichthePhilippinesisalsoaparty,orextendsreciprocalrightstonationalsofthePhilippinesbylaw,shallbeentitledtobenefitstotheextentnecessarytogiveeffecttoanyprovisionofsuchconvention,treatyorreciprocallaw,inadditiontotherightstowhichanyownerofanintellectualpropertyrightisotherwiseentitledbythisAct.(n)Sec.4.Definitions.‐4.1.Theterm"intellectualpropertyrights"consistsof:[a]CopyrightandRelatedRights;[b]TrademarksandServiceMarks;[c]GeographicIndications;[d]IndustrialDesigns;[e]Patents;[f]Layout‐Designs(Topographies)ofIntegratedCircuits;and[g]ProtectionofUndisclosedInformation(n)[TRIPS].4.2.Theterm"technologytransferarrangements"referstocontractsoragreementsinvolvingthetransferofsystematicknowledgeforthemanufactureofaproduct,theapplicationofaprocess,orrenderingofaserviceincluding
 
managementcontracts;andthetransfer,assignmentorlicensingofallformsofintellectualpropertyrights,includinglicensingofcomputersoftwareexceptcomputersoftwaredevelopedformassmarket.4.3.Theterm"Office"referstotheIntellectualPropertyOfficecreatedbythisAct.4.4Theterm"IPOGazette"referstothegazettepublishedbytheOfficeunderthisAct.(n)Sec.5.FunctionsoftheIntellectualPropertyOffice(IPO).‐5.1.ToadministerandimplementtheStatepoliciesdeclaredinthisAct,thereisherebycreatedtheIntellectualPropertyOffice(IPO)whichshallhavethefollowingfunctions:[a]Examineapplicationsforgrantofletterspatentforinventionsandregisterutilitymodelsandindustrialdesigns;[b]Examineapplicationsfortheregistrationofmarks,geographicindication,integratedcircuits;[c]RegistertechnologytransferarrangementsandsettledisputesinvolvingtechnologytransferpaymentscoveredbytheprovisionsofPartII,ChapterIXonVoluntaryLicensinganddevelopandimplementstrategiestopromoteandfacilitatetechnologytransfer;[d]Promotetheuseofpatentinformationasatoolfortechnologydevelopment;[e]Publishregularlyinitsownpublicationthepatents,marks,utilitymodelsandindustrialdesigns,issuedandapproved,andthetechnologytransferarrangementsregistered;

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