Monday, September 26 2022   \  Published by Spruson & Ferguson .

The Philippine's Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations for Patents 2022

The Philippine's Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations for Patents 2022

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has announced a Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for Patents, Utility Models and Industrial Designs that came into force on 20 September 2022.

Some notable key changes to the IRR are as follows:

- A general or specific power of attorney is now required at the time of filing. Failure to submit a power of attorney at the time of filing may result in the application being deemed incomplete.

- Notarization is no longer required for general powers of attorney and e-signatures are now acceptable.

- A summary of invention section is now a required part of the description and lack of a summary of invention section may result in the application being deemed incomplete.

- An application that is deemed incomplete will not be accorded a filing date. The filing date will be accorded as the date when all the requirements for a complete application have been met.

- Excess claim fees must be paid in full at the time of filing and multiple dependent claims, as well as claims directed to genus, species, and Markush type claims will be subject to claim fees.

- A one month grace period from the notice of deficit in payment is available to pay any deficit claim fees and failure to pay the deficit claim fees in full within the grace period will result in deletion of the unpaid claims. Read more

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