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IPO Philippines : Apply For Patent Grant Using eInventionfile

Organisation : Intellectual Property Office of the Philippine (IPO)
Facility Name : Apply For Patent Grant Using eInventionfile
Applicable For : Inventors
Country : Philippines
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What is a Patent?

A Patent is a grant given by the government to inventors/applicants in return for disclosing an Invention. It is a legal right to exclusively exploit the invention for the life of the patent. The term of protection for a Patent is (20) years from the date of filing in the Philippines, with no possibility of renewal.

Related / Similar Facility : IPO Philippines Industrial Design (ID) Registration

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How To Apply For IPO Patent Grant Using eInventionfile?

You can request for a grant of a patent by filing through our main office or by filing online through the eInventionFile System. eInventionFile System is an Internet-based service of IPOPHL for the online filing of new Patent applications without physically transacting with the IPOPHL office or its satellite offices (IPSOs).

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FAQ On IPO Patent Grant Philippines

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ On IPO Patent Grant Philippines

Can I patent an idea of a new invention?
No, an idea of a new invention alone cannot be patented. To qualify for patent protection, an invention has to be applied to a product or process. For an invention to be patentable, it should meet the three criteria: it must be new, involves an inventive step and is industrially applicable.

What is a Patentable Invention?
A Patentable Invention is any technical solution to a problem in any field of human activity which is new, inventive, and useful. An Invention may relate to a product (e.g. machine, device, an article of manufacture, a composition of matter, a microorganism), process or method, (e.g. a method of use, method of manufacturing, a non-biological process, a microbiological process), computer-related inventions, and improvement of any of the foregoing.

Can I obtain a patent for a product design?
It is not possible to obtain patent protection for the mere outward appearance of an article, that is, a shape configuration, pattern or ornamentation because a patentprotects the functional application of a product. Instead, an Industrial Design registration may be a more appropriate option.

However, if the outward appearance has a functional application as opposed to a mere visual purpose, it may be possible to obtain patent protection, subject to the patentability requirements of novelty, inventive step and industrial application.

Can IPOPHL advise me on whether my invention is patentable?
The Office cannot give any legal advice to applicants on any subject, which includes the patentability of an invention. If you have difficulty ascertaining the patentability of your invention or other legal requirements, you should consider seeking professional advice from a patent agent or an IP practitioner.

Why it is important to apply for grant of a patent?
A patent is an exclusive right that gives the inventor the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling the product of his invention during the life of the patent. Patent owners may also give permission to, or license, other parties to use their inventions on mutually agreed terms. Owners may also sell their invention rights to someone else, who then becomes the new owner of the patent.

Can I still commercialize or use my invention without a patent?
Yes, you can commercialize or use your invention without patent protection. However, once your invention is made known to the public, you may not be able to obtain a patent if you decide to apply for protection later because your invention can no longer be considered new.

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