Philippines

We provide evidence gathering and consultancy services relating to IP issues.

  • Rouse works closely with local law firm Baranda & Associates. Together, our highly experienced IP lawyers and consultants work with clients to develop and implement IP strategies that are aligned to and support business goals. 
  • We provide different types of IP litigation, principally administrative IP cases at the BLA and civil court, working closely with the Philippines National Police, the National Bureau of Investigations and Department of Justice (State Prosecutors) and the Bureau of Customs.

Our offices

  • Suite 1002 Fort Legend Towers
  • 3rd Avenue corner 31st Street
  • Bonifacio Global City
  • Taguig City
  • Metro Manila
  • The Philippines
  • 1634

Service specific information

The Philippines is a major consumer market especially, given its history, for US companies, but it is a challenge for IP owners. There is a legal framework for the protection and enforcement of IP, but previous economic and political upheavals have prevented the country from developing a judicial and administrative infrastructure to make the system effective.

Our team in the Philippines works in conjunction with local law firm Baranda & Associates, which is extremely experienced in trade mark dispute resolution; in particular oppositions before the Bureau of Legal Affairs.

Two types of patent are recognised in the Philippines – patents and utility models, the latter not requiring an inventive step. ‘Use’ is not a requirement for maintaining patents in the Philippines: you simply have to pay annual fees, commencing after the end of the fourth year.

In association with local law firm Baranda & Associates, we provide the full range of patent services in the Philippines, from drafting, freedom to operate searches, prosecution and registration to commercialisation and enforcement.

Designs can be registered with the IPO. Once registered, a design is protected in the Philippines for five years from the application date but can be renewed for up to two more five year periods.

In association with local law firm Baranda & Associates, we provide the full range of design services in the Philippines, from clearance searches, prosecution and registration to commercialisation and enforcement.

The increased attention devoted to anti-counterfeiting in the Philippines has paid dividends for Baranda & Associates, an affiliate of Rouse. 

World Trademark Review 1000 2015 - Philippines