If you have been considering starting a business in the Philippines, one of the most important things you should consider is registering a trademark to avoid the risk of someone else stealing your business’ identity. We have curated the 10 most commonly asked questions regarding Philippines trademark registration.
Based on the Philippine Intellectual Property Code, a trademark is generally referred to as any visual representation that depicts the difference between each product or service sold by a business. So a trademark must be a visual entity, and it must be able to distinguish the product or service and must be unique among the others.
There is, the Republic Act #8942, more commonly known as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, this law generally regulates the property rights in the Philippines, moreover, the Philippines comply to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property Rights and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights or simply the TRIPS Agreement.
The trademark cannot be registered if it falls under one or more of the following categories:
Your trademark is what sets you apart from other businesses, your trademark would prevent others from stealing your business’ identity, and ultimately, your trademark is an asset that could potentially be worth a lot of money.
A trademark covers goods under International Class 1 to 34, and a service mark covers services under International Class 35 to 42.
According to the Philippine IP Code, the rights to the trademark is acquired by filing it with the Bureau of Trademarks of the IPO
Because it would be processed by a first-to-file basis. This means that if you filed your trademark already, no one can file for it anymore.
The validity of the trademark protection after filing it is 10 years, and it is renewable immediately after it expires.
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