Innovation & Technology Support Office (ITSO) Franchise of IPOPHL
The progressive economies of the world are able to capitalize on the patent system in two ways. First, their scientists, researchers and R & D practitioners in the academe and industries are able to access latest scientific and technological information from the world patent databases and use the same to generate new knowledge which eventually developed into new and innovative products and services. Secondly, they are able to seek patent protection for the new knowledge, products and services. In many other ways, the patent system has come to play an indispensable role in their economic development.
However, in developing countries, this is not the case. In the Philippines for example, scientists and researchers are generally unaware of the rich source of information found in the world patent databases. They also do not have the necessary skills to conduct patent search and understand patent documents. As such, their researches are frequently done without the benefit of knowing prior existing inventions or related scientific findings in patent documents. Likewise, industries rarely seek competitive and technological information from patent databases. Very few businessmen realize that the majority of the foreign inventions found in the database are not patented in the Philippines, thus, a lot of technologies are actually free for use and exploitation even in commercial scale within the country.
Clearly, there is a great need to educate Philippine scientists, researchers and businessmen on how to benefit from the patent system, and for patent information to be made accessible to more people. They should acquire the skill to search for relevant patents and comprehend patent documents. They should also be taught how to ascertain which technologies can be used for free and which would need to be licensed. Consequently, this will enable the academe and research institutions to build upon latest technological breakthroughs and not repeat what has already been invented elsewhere. On the other hand, when more people know how to access patent information, industries will also be encouraged to produce innovative products and services using readily available (and most often, free) technologies.
To date, there are close to 82 million patent documents scattered in different patent databases of different countries with some countries having documents only in their national languages or with only abstracts of the patents written in English.
Further, patent documents are generally written in “patentese” language requiring a working knowledge on the specific technical field as well as knowledge on patent drafting and prosecution. Given the volume and configuration of patent documents and the difficulty of finding and sorting information from patents, national patent offices in Europe and the
United States have long resorted to establishing specialized patent libraries in local communities to help the targeted user groups obtain patent information and acquire the competency in patent searching. These libraries have also evolved through time to become a nationwide network of one-stop-IP service-shops – such as the 328 “PATLIB” centers found all over European Union member states and the “PTDL” centers in the different states of US which started as early as 1871.
Introduction of the Franchisor: Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL)
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) was created by Republic Act 8293, known as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, to manage and administer the intellectual property (IP) system of the country and implement the State policy declaring that –
“…an effective intellectual and industrial property system is vital to the development of domestic and creative activity, facilitates transfer of technology, attracts foreign investments, and ensures market access for our products. (Thus, the State) shall protect and secure the exclusive rights of scientists, inventors, artists and other gifted citizens to their intellectual property and creations, particularly when beneficial to the people, for such periods as provided in this Act.”
The organizational mission of IPOPHL is to “commit to deliver high quality, fast, reliable, effective and efficient services to promote innovation and encourage the creation, utilization, protection of and respect for intellectual property.” Likewise, IPOPHL envisions “an Intellectual Property-Conscious Philippines in a demystified, development-oriented and democratized IP System by 2020.” (3D IP, 2020 VISION)
IPOPHL’ Strategic Goals
- Intensify the utilization of the IP system by HEIs and MSMEs to promote innovation and competitiveness
- Entrench the Philippine patent regime into the global IP ecosystem
- Mainstream IP in national development programs through a whole-of-government approach
- Provide a mechanism for academe-industry partnerships
- Link the trademark and business name application processes
- Establish a platform for international patent search preliminary examination
- Expand field operations in strategic locations
- Upgrade ICT capabilities for continuous improvement of IP services
- Capacitate and sustain strategic units to serve growing demand for IP services
- Ensure IP programs of government agencies receive proper funding
- Maintain good fiscal position while pursing developmental programs
- ITSO Vision & Mission – Principles and Promises
ITSO Network Vision Statement
“A network of innovation and technology support offices covering and serving all regions of the Philippines, enabling and supporting increased innovation in the Philippines, protecting local innovation worldwide through patents, and promoting utilization and commercialization of Filipino patented innovation worldwide, thereby instilling innovation and IP into the social and economic life of the country.”
ITSO Network Mission Statement
“The ITSO network is committed to providing affordable quality patent information and IP services to universities, research institutions, businesses and inventors throughout all regions of the Philippines, to support research and development which will have a positive social, economic, technological and environmental impact on the Philippines.”
We strive to provide the training, the tools and environment necessary to bring both personal and professional development to each of our staff.
Our customers deserve the same level of quality, efficiency, value and professionalism that we would want for ourselves. We believe ITSO exists to provide a meaningful service to address the needs the customers.
We strive to steward the financial resources of our investors wisely.
Our Promises to the Customer
Each client is our most valuable customer
We understand the needs of each customer and tailor our service to meet their individual needs. We strive to make IP accessible and user friendly to enable the customer to innovate, own and commercialize IP and in this way contribute to the welfare and economic growth of our community.
We stand behind our work
We are experts at what we do. We have the tools and the training to deliver on the promises we make. We start each job with the desire to do it right the first time. If we fall short, we work equally hard to make it right. We always look for ways to improve our performance.
Our Promises to the Employee
We provide rewarding work environment
We provide training and equipment to equip our staff with knowledge, tools and technologies to maximize competence and productivity.
We instill and promote leadership, principles, and personal growth
We strive to provide our employees with a career. We are emotionally intelligent leaders who view our employees as members of a team. We provide opportunities for advancement and reward excellence.
We help people grow
We use a training style of leadership to help our employees develop so as not only to meet the customers’ needs but also to achieve personal; intellectual, and economic growth.
Our Promises to the Institution
We are responsible stewards
We appreciate the opportunity to use the resources provided to do our work, and with these resources, our labor shall bear greater results.
We will increase institutional value
Investing in our ITSO will yield plenty. We will strive to sustain the business and develop the market for our services.