THE Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is set to open its eighth satellite office in Cagayan de Oro on January 26.

The launching will be held at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) office in Northern Mindanao.

Lawyer Ricardo R. Blancaflor, director general of IPOPHL; Dr. Nereus Acosta and Ms. Alicia V. Euseña, DTI-Northern Mindanao director, will grace the launching.

Representatives from the business sector, academe, inventors, research and development institutions (RDIs), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and other stakeholders are also expected to attend the activity.

The IPOPHL will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)-Northern Mindanao Chapter.

A basic orientation seminar on Intellectual Property (IP) for small and medium-sized enterprises will be conducted on the day of the launch.

On January 27 to 28, a Patent Drafting Seminar for faculty members, scientists and researchers will also be conducted.

Intellectual Property is an effective business tool that will boost the competitiveness of businesses. Small and medium-sized enterprises also need to protect their IP through registration.

The protection of intellectual property (patents, trademarks and copyright) is one of the keys to a successful business. Registration of an invention, innovation, design or brand gives the owner recognition and control over the commercialization of his intellectual property.

IPOPHL has previously opened seven other branches in Baguio City, Angeles City, Legazpi City, Iloilo City, Cebu City, Davao City and General Santos City. The satellite offices accept applications for trademark (brand names) and patent for inventions, utility models and industrial designs.

For more information, please contact Liza Veronica Alcantar, chief of Business Development Division at (08822) 729-291.

article from Sun Star CDO

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