The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has removed the entire section on discounts extended to online filings of applications in its new schedule of fees that will take effect on 1 January 2017. Informal inquiries with officers of the IPOPHL revealed that the section was purposely deleted as it is the intention of IPOPHL to no longer extend such discount. Thus, online filings of applications will be assessed the same application fee as manual filings made before the IPOPHL.
On 22 October 2016, our firm’s Ms. Katherine May R. Imperial co-presented with Mr. Peter Willimott, Senior Program Officer of the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) Singapore Office, in an IP Masterclass organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) and the WIPO. The IP Masterclass was a segment of CITEM’s Creative Marketplace, which is a Design Week Philippines event component that focuses on the country’s Creative Cities program in collaboration with UNESCO, and the Philippines’ content industry, specifically the Animation and Game Development, Graphic Design, and Illustration sectors.
The IP Masterclass served as an introductory workshop on intellectual property laws, which touched on basic concepts and aspects of intellectual property, and highlighted the importance of protecting intellectual property rights not only in the Philippines, but also abroad, in this day and age of globalization. Attendees of the IP Masterclass were mostly creative industry players and stakeholders.
For more information on CITEM’s initiatives, you may visit:http://www.designweekphilippines.com.ph/en/Events/Creative-Marketplace.
In Asahi Electrical Manufacturing Corp. vs. Reginald Joseph O. Chua, the Bureau of Legal Affairs (BLA) cancelled Chua's certificate of industrial design. Among the grounds cited by the Bureau of Legal Affairs (BLA) in cancelling the registration was the fact that the design was dictated by technical or functional considerations. Section 113.2 of the Intellectual Property Code provides that industrial designs dictated by technical or functional considerations to obtain a technical result shall not be protected. Although not mentioned by the BLA in its decision, the title itself of the registration betrays it – An AERODYNAMIC Fan Blade. Chua shot himself in the foot when he called the fan blade AERODYNAMIC.