IP filings rebound in 2021 – Manila Bulletin

Filings for intellectual property (IP) protection rose 11.6% in 2021 to a total of 46,496, recovering significantly from the 2020 decline as lighter quarantine restrictions last year revived commercial and IP-related activities.

After being the hardest hit in 2020, utility model (UM) filings saw the strongest recovery, registering a 20% increase to a total of 1,588. The rebound, which was faster than the growth of 4% from the pre-pandemic year 2019, was driven by residents whose UM filings rose 24.4% to a total of 24,015. Non-resident filers fell 44% to 48 .

Food chemicals contributed the most to the sum, with 815 UM deposits. Then come the fundamental chemistry of materials (with 92 deposits made); other special machines (77); handling (75); and civil engineering (57).

Trademark applications jumped 12% to 39,616, with resident applicants accounting for the bulk at 24,015 and rebounding with 14% growth. Deposits from non-residents also rebounded by 12%. In total, trademark filings last year grew at a faster rate than the 10% annual growth in 2019.

Growth in trademark filings was largely driven by filings for pharmaceuticals, healthcare and cosmetics, which totaled 11,360. Agricultural products and services (10,977) came second, followed by scientific research, information and communication technologies (8,946); management, communication, real estate and financial services (7,624); and textiles, clothing and accessories (5,843).

Meanwhile, patent filings rose 10% to 4,031. Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) filers, which propelled patent filing activity, rose 12% to 3,344, while resident depositors increased by 9% to 455.

Pharmaceutical patents pushed the increase (with 3,170 filings), followed by organic fine chemicals (1,562); biotechnology, (994); basic materials chemistry, (614); and food chemistry, (443).

Industrial design (ID) filings, meanwhile, continued to decline, albeit at a slower pace from 2020’s 37%. ID requests fell -0.2% to 1,261 Resident ID filings contracted -0.3% to 644 while non-resident filings were flat at 617.

A total of 152 filings under the conveyance classification constituted the majority. Behind, packages and containers for the transport or handling of goods (95); recording, communication or information retrieval equipment (64); furnishings (62); fluid distribution equipment, sanitary equipment, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, solid fuels (54).

Copyright filings, meanwhile, climbed 123% to 2,086 from 940.

Last year, the top five areas for copyright filings were in the category of other literary, scholarly, scientific and artistic works (709 filings); books, brochures, articles, e-books, audio books, comics, novels and other writings (439); musical compositions with or without words (281); drawings, paintings, architectural works, sculptures, engravings, prints, lithographs and others (236); and computer programs, software, games, applications (137);

“This significant rebound, especially in UM, trademarks, patents and copyright, has been made possible by our aggressive IP promotion campaigns to reach more inventors, artists and contractors. Added to this is our ongoing work to upgrade, streamline and digitize our services to attract more customers,” said Managing Director Rowel S. Barba.

“Our success in reviving demand for the creation and protection of intellectual property has further motivated us to maintain our momentum of rebuilding the economy with intellectual property,” he added.



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