Intellectual Property Registration Services
Numbers can tell you a lot about your business: what it needs, what it must prioritize, how much it's worth. The heart of every business is its intellectual property (IP) and it must be protected from day one. Fill out the form and to get started.
Out-of-pocket expenses such as government filing fees and taxes are not included in the service provider's professional fees. These will be paid directly to the concerned government office or organizations and will be supported with receipts.
Three Reasons to Apply for Trademark or Intellectual Property
The creativity of human beings cannot be underestimated. We have invented countless things and made so much progress in our time on earth. We have managed to find ways to fly like birds and dive into the depths of the sea like fish. Our species has managed to connect people even if they are thousands of kilometers away and we have also been able to cure diseases that even just decades ago were a sure death sentence.
Apart from these technological advances, we have also filled our lives with beautiful art. From songs to flicks, paintings to sculptures, the artistic nature of humans live and shine on forever through these works of art.
While ideas are formed everyday and the beauty of human creativity is exposed constantly, there is an underlying dark side rears its ugly head at times. Intellectual property theft sometimes occurs. This crime is committed when an entity takes an idea from someone else and presents it as their own.
If you have an idea that you believe is distinctly your own, you must safeguard yourself and your idea from intellectual property theft.
In the Philippines there are three main categories where an inventor or innovator can register their creation under. These are as a patent, trademark, or copyright. Deciding on where to file your intellectual property as will depend on what your creation is.
Patents are applicable to products or processes, as well as subsequent improvements. Requirements for an invention to be considered for a patent label are the novelty of the idea, inventiveness of the product, and it must be applied in an industrial setting. Trademarks, on the other hand, are words, logos, symbols that are used to differentiate services from one another. Lastly, copyrights are protections given to the owners of artistic works such as songs, literary works, paintings, computer programs, and the like.
Registering your invention, product, or idea under one of these three is important and we will highlight three reasons why.
1. Sole Property of the Concept or Brand
Generating an idea that is your own is very underratedly difficult. Especially in this day and age where a lot of ideas have come before, producing your own idea is a feat in and of itself. It is certainly something to be proud of when you can think of something no one has thought about before.
When it comes to branding, having sole ownership of your brand will ensure that no one else can use the brand name leaving you as the only one that will benefit from your brand gaining recognition.
Apart from the pride in creating something yourself, registering that idea as your own will lead you to financial gain if you so choose. As an inventor of a machine for example, you get to choose who can use, sell, or make something similar to it. If you own the rights to a song, you stand to gain from royalties whenever it is played on the radio or in any media.
3. Protection from Theft
The main reason to register an idea as your own is to prevent it from being stolen by any other entity. You surely don’t want all your hard work developing your idea only for it to be stolen by someone and passed off as their own. You stand to lose money and all your hard work will only go down the drain.
Registering your idea to the office of Intellectual Property in the Philippines may take anywhere from 18 to 24 months because the process takes five steps- filing, examination, publication in e-gazette, opposition (if any), and registration. The process takes longer in order to ensure that the ideas that are granted the status of intellectual property are, in fact, original ideas.
While the time it takes may seem daunting, the rewards far outweigh the risks of not registering. If you have an idea and find it too intimidating, FullSuite offers a service of registering your product or idea for you. Our team is knowledgeable and efficient in this process.
Protect your idea and reap the benefits. Reward your creativity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Patent, Trademark, or Copyright – which one should I apply for?
A patent refers to the exclusive rights to a product or a process, as well as its improvements – granted that the product or process offers something new and useful. The Inventor or creator with the patent has the right to choose as who can use, sell, or even make something similar during its 2-year validity period.
A trademark is a tool used to differentiate services and goods from one another. It can be in a form of a word or group of words; a sign, a logo, or a symbol. It could even be a combination of those above.
Copyright refers to the protection given to the owner of an original work covering literary works, musical pieces, paintings and computer programs, among others. Under the copyright laws, the owner of the original work is entitled to economic and moral rights. Economic rights enable the creator to receive profit gains should his works be distributed by third parties. Moral rights, on the other hand, protect the connection between the creator and his work.
How long does registration take?
The average time to register a trademark is between 18 to 24 months. There are 5 steps that you’ll go through when registering – filing, examination, publication in e-gazette, opposition (if any), and registration.
Why should I register my Intellectual Property?
By registering your IP, you prevent unauthorized parties from using them. This can save you/ your brand from malicious entities and can protect your brand’s reputation. These malicious entities can also be civil/criminally liable for unauthorized use of your IP.
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