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IPOPHL’s Landmark National Intellectual Property Strategy, to Speed Up Momentum Thru Whole-of-Society Approach

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The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) launched on Dec. 10, 2019 its National Intellectual Property Strategy (NIPS) 2020 – 2025 which underscores the need for bolstered coordination among society players to accelerate the unlocking of the country’s most valuable intellectual property (IP) assets, crucial amid the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) that is significantly impacting industries, economies, and disciplines on a global scale.

“The NIPS is our major push to accelerate the development of inventions that resolve, on a national level, globally shared problems such as hunger, malnutrition, diseases and viruses without yet any cure, limited access to high-quality medicines, climate change, among others. The national strategy also puts magnified focus on the empowerment of the creative industry as the current technological and business landscapes have created unprecedented levels of demand for these copyright works and materials,” said former IPOPHL Director General Josephine R. Santiago, under whose watch the NIPS was initiated and completed.

Developed for two years with the support of several government agencies and stakeholders, the NIPS is a product of rounds of consultations nationwide in an attempt to extensively survey the country’s innovation and creative ecosystems. This way, the mid-term plan was able to employ an inclusive approach toward the identification of actions that will further fuel the growth of players in these fields.

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez and Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña, who are champions of the NIPS as they have been involved since its early stages of crafting, emphasized the need for the nationwide implementation of the strategic tool.

“The positive results of IPOPHL’s services can be seen in the rise of filings over the years. However, we cannot stop there: we need to continue and sustain the momentum through the continued implementation of effective programs while building on the new ones that could further accelerate our country’s economic growth. This, in turn, will ensure our goal of attaining inclusive growth and shared prosperity for all,” Lopez said during IPOPHL’s IP Appreciation Day last Dec. 10.

“To this end, we have the NIPS, which aims to consolidate the government, academe, stakeholders, and IP advocates to harness intellectual property as a driver of economic growth. While IPOPHL has committed to building an IP system that promotes inclusive growth for Filipinos, DTI firmly stands by IPOPHL in promoting IP by helping them to craft this strategy, with particular focus on small and medium-scale enterprises,” the Trade chief added.

Sec. Dela Peña also voiced his support for IPOPHL, emphasizing that the innovation ecosystem is incomplete without an effective IP system.

“The partnership between the DOST (Department of Science and Technology) and IPOPHL can be likened to the connector linking technology generators to investors; both are essential in engineering impactful innovations in societies,” Sec. Dela Peña said.

“As the lead agency mandated to commercialize technologies and further scientific research and development to produce outcomes beneficial for the Filipino people, DOST is in full support of IPOPHL in its mission to cultivate a demystified, development-oriented, and democratized IP system. This wholehearted support extends to the creation of this historic IP strategy, the crafting of which the DOST had actively participated in to see its completion. For that, we are very proud that the DOST is part of the celebration for its launch,” Sec. Dela Peña added.

The strategy

The strategy is anchored on the acronym SPEED, laid down as:

S – Support Sectoral Advancement Through the Use of the IP System;

  • Enhance the legal and the developmental aspects of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry 

  • Encourage productivity and technological systems of agricultural, animal husbandry, creativity, and innovativeness

  • Increase the use of the IP system by MSMEs as a tool for productivity, creativity, and innovativeness

  • Institutionalize the different industries’use of patent documents and capture the protection of 4IR technologies in selected sectors

P – Promote Innovation and Utilization/Commercialization of IP Assets;

  • Improve the R&D innovation performance

  • Enhance the funding rationalization and operations related to Government-funded Agencies 

  • Attract smart and high technology investors to set-up business in the Philippines

E – Elevate the Creative and Cultural Industries;

  • Develop and nurture the growth and development of creative and cultural industries

  • Strengthen the protection of traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions, and genetic resources

  • Enable access to information and knowledge on copyright and other related rights

E – Enhance the Legal System, Institutions and Structures Related to Intellectual Property; and

  • Amend the current IP laws, regulations, and issuances on IP 

  • Strengthen the organizational structures to suppor the IP system

  • Conduct inter-agency initiatives on IP and IP-related matters 

  • Enhance the enforcement of IP systems and procedures

  • Capture international cooperations related to IP and increase roles on international IP systems

D – Demystify, Mainstream and Professionalize Intellectual Property

  • Develop a culture of innovation and creativity, and respect for IP through the IP Academy 

  • Integrate the IP knowledge to the educational system 

  • Increase new knowledge on IP through academic, scientific, and advanced research and studies 

“Most of these strategies are already in motion, as implemented by IPOPHL. However, in the NIPS, we wanted to outline these areas, our Office’s core focus over the years, to let our current and future partners understand where they can make substantial contributions in fostering the IP environment, and how they can cultivate within their organizations a culture of respect for IP rights,” DG Santiago added.

DG Santiago said the NIPS will be presented to various government offices and private stakeholders which it has identified as having pertinent roles and contribution to the success of the vision of the mid-term strategy, as well as to the research community, creative industries, and other interested consumers or IP advocates.

“Although IPOPHL is the main agency mandated to implement the IP Code, ensuring that its programs transcends traditional regulatory activities to foster a society that recognizes and strategically utilize the IP system, we have created a mid-term plan that demands a whole-of-society implementation as there is a growing realization around the world, especially amid the 4IR, that IP policies can no longer be set apart from other policies geared toward sustainable and meaningful development,” DG Santiago said.

“What defines the current industrial revolution is the rapid succession of breakthroughs of one disruptive technology after another. While it has opened the gateway for worries among developing countries, we should start embracing it and mapping out and maximizing the opportunities it presents. Like the 4IR, we hope the NIPS paves the way for breakthroughs for the accelerated achievement of the country’s goals on economic and scientific development,” the IPOPHL chief added.Janina C. Lim, Communications Officer, Advocacy and Communications Team, Intellectual Property Office

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