THE Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) received 11% more intellectual property applications in the first half of 2019, IPOPHL said in a statement Saturday.

IPOPHL said it received 20,628 applications for trademarks, inventions, utility models, and industrial designs in the six months to June.

IPOPHL Director-General Josephine R. Santiago said the office is actively conducting including intellectual property education and awareness campaigns; capacity-building of Innovation and Technology Support Offices; and expanding the number of Intellectual Property Satellite Offices (IPSOs).

“Society is now appreciating the IP system more than ever,” Ms. Santiago said.

Trademark filings rose by 11% year-on-year to 18,964 in the first half. Most applications were for agricultural products and services; pharmaceuticals, health, cosmetics; and scientific research, information, and communication technology.

Patent filings grew 4% to 1,991. The US, Japan, and China were the top countries of origin, accounting for 24%, 20%, and 13% of applications respectively.

Patent applications from Philippine residents declined 40% to 148, while non-resident filings rose 10% to 1,657.

Utility model filings grew 31% to 1,173 in the first half, with most applications covering food chemistry, handling, and furniture and games. A utility model is a form of minor patent with less stringent requirements.

Industrial model filings rose 14% to 824. Most applications were for furnishing; packages and containers for the transport or handling of goods, and means of transport or hoisting.

Resident filings for industrial models rose 44% to 567, while non-resident filings fell 22% to 257.

Copyright filings, which are excluded from the total intellectual property tally, rose 53% to 990.

IPOPHL noted in its statement that applications for intellectual property in the first half have not yet established a marked trend, and that it is eager to view full-year totals.

“IPOPHL looks forward to seeing the year-end figures to assess how it compares with last year’s overall growth. This way, the Office is able to evaluate in a broader approach how certain government strategies and policies affect society’s utilization of the IP system, the degree of which is one of the criteria at which innovation and economic progress are pegged,” it said. — Jenina P. Ibañez