Patents are a form of intellectual property. A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a government or intergovernmental organization to an inventor (or assignee) for a limited period of time (in the case of the Philippines it is 20 years) in exchange for detailed public disclosure of an invention. An invention is a solution to a specific technological problem and is a product or a process.
Typically, a granted patent application must include one or more claims that define the invention. A patent may include many claims, each of which defines a specific property right. These claims must meet relevant patentability requirements, such as novelty, usefulness, and non-obviousness. The exclusive right granted to a patentee in the Philippines is the right to prevent others from commercially making, using, selling, importing, or distributing a patented invention without permission.
The Philippines is a signer of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) TRIPS Agreement, and thus patents should be available in WTO member states for any invention, in all fields of technology, provided they are new, involve an inventive step, and are capable of industrial application.
Generally you must apply for a patent in each country that you seek protection in. Brealant offers patent applications in many countries besides the Philippines, please contact us for more information. You may also want to perform a Comprehensive Patent Search prior to patent application.