Filipino inventors will soon be able to get free legal advice to patent their inventions internationally, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Such assistance is available to all pilot country members of the Inventor Assistance Program of the World Economic Forum and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
The Philippines was among the first three countries accepted to the IAP, the others being Colombia and Morocco.
The Inventor Assistance Program aims to make the intellectual property (IP) system more accessible to financially-strapped inventors who have technologies, concepts and products with market potentials.
Inventors in qualifying countries should agree to the terms drawn up for the IAP.
Patent attorneys would extend legal advice to qualified inventors to protect their products from potential infringers and save them from having to pay exorbitant fees related to the filing of patent applications.
DTI Secretary Adrian Cristobal. Jr.noted the relevance of intellectual property to the national economic well-being. A program such as the Inventor Assistance Program “would encourage Filipino inventors to bring their technologies to the world.”
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