Philippines Trademark registration
In Philippines the legal basis is the “Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines”. Trademark protection is obtained by registration.
A trademark application has to be filed before the Bureau of Trademarks at the International Property Office . A non-legalized power of attorney is sufficient. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks. It takes approximately 4-12 months from first filing to registration. Before registration the trademark application is published in the weekly official gazette for opposition purposes. The opposition period is 30 days from publication date of the application.
A trademark registration in Philippines is valid for 3 years and starts with registration date. The registration is renewable for periods of 3 years.
NATIONAL REGISTRATION: If you just want to register your Trademark in one country, it is sufficient to apply for a national registration at the local trademark office.
Duly note, if the trademark has not been used within 5 years from issue of the registration certificate or has not been used later for a continuous period of 5 years, it may be subject to cancellation.