5 months Central Visayas tops patent filings Manilatimes
CENTRAL Visayas (Region 7) filed the most number of patents last year among provinces in the region, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) reported. The region’s patent filings — driven by the scientific and creative sectors — rose from 197 in 2017 to 210 in 2018, a 6.6-percent increase. IPOPHL said in a statement on Monday that this was due to applications for utility models “or innovations that are improvements on an existing invention, and may or may not involve an inventive step.” Utility model filing accounted for majority or 90 percent of the patent applications in the ... more