Philippines, South Korea partner in strengthening IP-based professions

23 September 2022

Philippines, South Korea partner in strengthening IP-based professions

In order to meet the rising demand for intellectual property (IP) professionals serving the innovation, creativity, and business markets in the Philippines, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is currently reviewing the recommendations of the Korean Invention Promotion Association (KIPA).

The suggestions came from a knowledge-sharing programme (KSP) that lasted seven months and ended last month. A number of policy dialogues regarding IPOPHL's strategy and initiatives to support IP-based professions were conducted by the programme.

"With the thorough analysis performed by the KIPA, IPOPHL is better prepared to increase our capacity for advancing IP professionals. For our IP professionals, this cooperation brings up new opportunities, according to IP Academy Officer-in-Charge Assistant Director Frederick P. Romero, Ph.D.

The creation of a national framework for the development of IP human resources and a certification programme for particular IP professions are two of KIPA's proposals.

Rowel S. Barba, director general of IPOPHL, praised the KSP's completion and called it an opportune development given that filings are starting to rise again, showing an increased need for IP protection.

"With the increased demand for new IP protection comes to a greater requirement for IP specialists who are knowledgeable and trained enough to secure these new intangible assets. These proposals embrace the results of this collaboration as an opportunity to better satisfy the expectations of the expanding IP market, according to Barba.

The research has also provided IPOPHL with additional knowledge about how to create the implementing rules and regulations (IRR), which are now being completed by the IP Academy and can improve the professionalisation of IPOPHL-recognized patent and trademark agents.

IPOPHL seeks to incorporate the KSP lessons learned into the professionalisation of trademark and patent agents through the creation of the IRR.

KIPA is the primary organisation that develops IP talent and provides next-generation IP staff to universities and businesses.

Given that it creates a significant amount of valuable intellectual property that has to be protected and commercialised, the Republic of Korea is a well-known location for talented and successful IP experts.





- Excel V. Dyquiangco

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