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Register a Trademark in the Philippines

Register a Trademark in the Philippines

Companies and individuals wanting to protect their intellectual property rights can register them with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines. There are various types of intellectual property rights which can be registered in the Philippines, among which are copyrights, patents, designs, utility models and trademarks.

During the last several years, trademarks have become the most popular types of intellectual property rights registered in the Philippines. The requirements related to the registration of a trademark can be explained by our Philippines company registration specialists.

Legislation related to trademarks in the Philippines

The trademark registration process in the Philippines is governed by the following laws:

–          the Intellectual Property Law;
–          the Use of Duly-Stamped and Marked Containers Law;
–          the Rules and Regulations of Trademarks, Service Marks, Trade Names and Marked Containers;
–          the Regulations Implementing the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement which provides for the registration of international trademark.

It should be noted the last two laws were amended in 2017. Our company formation consultants in the Philippines can offer information on the legislation related intellectual property.

What is a trademark and who can register one in the Philippines?

The local legislation defines the trademark as any unique sign made up of letters, numbers, colors or any combination of these. Both individuals and companies in the Philippines can register trademarks with the Intellectual Property Office. However, trademarks are usually registered by Filipino companies seeking to protect their names.

The trademark registration procedure in the Philippines

The procedure to be completed for registering a trademark in the Philippines is carried out with the Intellectual Property Office and implies the filing of the following documents:

–          an application form;
–          copy of the identification paper of the applicant, or copy after the certificate of incorporation in the case of companies;
–          a description of the mark and its reproduction;
–          information about the goods or services the mark will represent.

The Office will examine the application, will publish it in the Official Gazette and if no opposition is filed, the trademark will be registered. Trademark registration in the Philippines has a 10-year validity period.

For assistance in registering a trademark in this country, please contact our Philippines company formation advisors.