IPOPHL opens new IP satellite office in Calabarzon

Catherine Talavera - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has established a new intellectual property (IP) satellite office (IPSO) in the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (CALABARZON) region, in a bid to increase IP protection activities in the most populous region of the country.

In a statement yesterday, IPOPHL said it opened its 15th IPSO in Calabarzon, particularly in Calamba, Laguna.

“IPSOs are at the forefront of bringing our primary services within the reach of regions in the country,” IPOPHL director general Rowel Barba said.

“The objective of our newly opened IPSO CALABARZON is to raise the use and awareness of the IP system among innovators, creators and businesses in the region,” he said.

The agency emphasized that CALABARZON, particularly the provinces of Cavite and Laguna, are driven by high-tech manufacturing industries.

As of 2020, there are a total of 139,363 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region, making the area a prime spot for potential users of the IP system.

The region also houses diverse R&D sources, with five state universities and colleges and five Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSOs), making it a potential hotbed for developing IP innovations.

“We also want to promote IP awareness and understanding to our Higher Education Institutions (HEIs),”Barba said.

As an industrial hub for manufacturing, agriculture and tourism, IPOPHL said the IPSO Calamba also aims to raise awareness on the adverse effects of counterfeiting and piracy.

The satellite office is also seen to fast-track partnerships with local policy makers in order to promote collaborations in establishing local IP initiatives.


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