After many years of deliberation, applications for Geographical Indications (GIs) are now being accepted by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).
This follows regulations that were issued in October 2022 which established Philippines’ first GI registration system.
Based on the new rules issued by the IPOPHL, a GI in the Philippines is defined as:
“… any indication which identifies a good as originating in a territory, region or locality, where a given quality, reputation, or other characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographical origin and/or human factors.”
The protection afforded as a GI will be acquired through registration. The term of a GI is indefinite and need not be renewed. However, a GI registration can be revoked based on specific grounds indicated in the rules. Read more