Innovation-related IP Filings Soar to Record-High in 2023

The Intellectual Property of the Philippines (IPOPHL) reported that the aggregate filings of the Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSOs) surged to a record-high of 1,535 in 2023, fueled by the participation of more universities and colleges in the program.


This new record mostly consisted of innovation-related IPs, such as patents, utility models, and industrial designs, surpassing the 2022 mark of 1,040 filings.


The ITSOs are composed of state universities and colleges, higher education and research development institutions with whom the IPOPHL has partnered with to capacitate the former to conduct patent information search, patent drafting, IP application, IP commercialization, and IP awareness activities, to boost the national innovative output and support micro, small, and medium enterprises.


IPOPHL Director General Rowel Barba highlighted that the increase in the number of ITSOs from 77 in 2022 to 87 in 2023 propelled the positive momentum in filings.


“ITSO member-institutions serve as frontliners to our IP stakeholders in universities and colleges, committed to accelerating the use of the IP system in their communities. The record-high filings are proof of the outcomes of the ITSO 2.0 Program in helping build our innovation capabilities to power our nation’s socioeconomic growth and development,” Director General Barba said.


The IPOPHL recognized outstanding stakeholders around the country at the 2024 ITSO President’s Summit held at the Dusit Thani Hotel Manila last March 18, 2024.


Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology, with 44 filings, was awarded as the top patent filer. Cebu Technological University, with 291 filings, won as the top utility model filer. Isabela State University, with 148 filings, bagged the top copyright filer award. Design Center of the Philippines, with 56 filings, was the top industrial designs filer awardee, while Central Mindanao, with 24 filings, was the top trademark filer.


The full press release can be accessed here.

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