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WIPO, IPP sign pact to modernize infrastructure
Geneva, Switzerland. – The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) partnered with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPP) to modernize the Philippine agency’s infrastructure in a ceremony held at the WIPO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland last September 24. The agreement will enable IPP to streamline and quicken its processes and encourage more Filipinos to register their inventions, trademarks, industrial designs, and utility models. The agreement will also give Filipino researchers free and low-cost access to comprehensive patent information to foster innovation and participate more fully in a global economy. The first part of the agreement will allow IPP to automate its registration systems. The second part will help IPP establish innovation and technology support offices all over the country. Director General Ricardo R. Blancaflor (IPP) and Director General Francis Gurry (WIPO) signed two agreements during the 48th General Assembly of WIPO member states. IPP, tasked with administering the intellectual property system, is an adjunct of the Department of Trade and Industry. Catching up with Singapore The automation of IPP covers the entire process of IP registration. This move will drastically speed up registrations for exclusive rights over intellectual property from months to weeks. The automation will make the Philippines the most advanced ASEAN country in patent automation, along with Singapore. The new system called Industrial Property Automation System (IPAS) will be fully
IP Philippines' Director General Ricardo Blancaflor and WIPO Director General Francis Gurry sign two major cooperation agreements in the 48th General Assembly of WIPO member states in Geneva, Switzerland.
IP Philippines' Director General Ricardo Blancaflor addresses the member states of WIPO. Stevie Wonder also addressed the assembly, calling for uniform rules to improve access to copyrighted works for the blind.
operational by November 2012. Improving access to intelligent information WIPO also agreed to assist IPP in putting up Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSOs). In the past ten years, IPP has been training individuals in patent skills and technology transfer. IPP will now shift its focus on institutions which utilize the IP system. The ITSOs will provide assistance in searching technical information using free and/or commercial patent databases, scientific and technical journal (non-patent) databases. Other services that will be provided by these offices include technology and competitor monitoring, search for business partners, market and competitor analyses, IP valuation, licensing, business planning, IP aspects of product commercialization and tapping funds. Seven institutions will be putting up ITSO’s before the year ends. These are De La Salle University, University of Sto. Tomas, Ayala Foundation in UP Diliman, Cebu Institute of Technology University, Ayala Foundation in UP Visayas, University of San Carlos, and University of San Jose Recoletos.#