QUEZON CITY, June 4 (PIA) -- Innovators and designers may now use the electronic filing system to apply for design patents at the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) as part of its digital transformation goal.
With the successful launch of IPOPHL's Information Technology Management Service (ITMS), online patent processes allow applicants to submit the required documents and forms electronically to initiate the application.
Called the eDocFile for Patents, this new online service eliminates the need for innovators and designers to be physically present at the IPOPHL office to apply for protection of their innovations, helping keep them and patent examiners, as well, safe in their homes.
"This is a remarkable feat for IPOPHL in line with our commitment to make application for patents efficient, accessible, and user-friendly," IPOPHL Director General Rowel S. Barba said.
Application for invention, utility model (UM), and industrial design (ID) by receiving all post-filing documents, requests, and basic annuity payments are accepted electronically.
"More importantly, with a system that can make the patent granting process simpler and more cost-efficient, IPOPHL can ensure uninterrupted service-crucially important amid the expected demand for IP protection as the world scrambles to find a cure to COVID and digital solutions that can help us live better lives through the new normal," he added.
Meanwhile, other requests processed by the new service include requests for extension, recordals, corrections, certified true copy, registrability, UM and ID revivals, renewals for ID submissions like power of attorney/appointment of resident agent.
For patent filers who intend to further their application process, the eDocFile for Patents is available at https://www.ipophil.gov.ph/edocfile-for-patents/, where a video guide is provided for easier navigation and operation of the platform.
For further details and requests for assistance, interested parties may reach IPOPHL through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or its social media accounts. (MTQ/PIA-IDPD with additional information from IPOPHL)