How to Register Intellectual Property: Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks

For all the aspiring entrepreneurs, authors, artists, musicians, inventors, and creators, intellectual property is what you needed to protect all works and inventions for unauthorized use and misuse by others.

What is Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property is important in the industry simply because it provides protection and rights from all the works, inventions, investments, material interest, and others from the owners and creators.

There are types of intellectual property; these are copyrights, patents, and trademark.

Advantages of Intellectual Property

  • Brands are secure and in legal measures. No other contender can conquer it. Others cannot take the property that belongs to a person.
  • It endows the author or creator with ownership rights.
  • It will be the best defense for future misuse by others.
  • It provides peace of mind for the rightful owners and authors.
  • Violators of Intellectual property will pay damages and fines.

Here are the following steps and requirements for applying for copyrights, patents, and trademarks in the Philippines:


Copyrights is a type of intellectual property in which it protects the authority and rights of authors of their poetic, literary, academic, and artistic works.

Copyrights last for a lifetime of the author and fifty more years after his or her death.

Steps in applying for copyrights

Step 1. The applicant must fill up the application form. The application will be duplicated, printed, and affidavit. It should be notarized and affixed with a documentary stamp and be stabled at the back of the application form.

Step 2. An amount of 200 pesos will be the deposit for as a registration fee. The work that will be submitted through e-mail, the registration fee will be pay at the postal money and be addressed to the director of the national library.

Step 3. If it is an original ornamental design, It will be accompanied by a technical description and details of the design.

Step 4. If it is a published work, there will be two copies of the work as a deposit. Two hundred pesos will be paying for as a registration fee. If the work will be submitted through e-mail, the registration fee will be given at the postal money and be addressed to the director of the national library.

Step 5. If it is an unpolished work, there will be two manuscript and Xerox copies of work without the copyright notice will accompany the application.

Step 6. If the applicant is a corporation, there will be a photocopy of the certificate of the business name that will be attached to the application.

Contact Details


Telephone: 5336-7200 loc. 411 / 8524-2737 


Steps in applying for a patent

Step 1. The applicant must look for existing patent applications, granted applications, and pending patents.

Step 2. For In-Person Application: The applicant must fill out the three application patent form

Step 3.  Include the Following:

  1. Details and delineation of the patent:
  2. Its title
  3. A short statements of its nature and intentions
  4. A comprehensive enabling description
  5. A brief explanation of the drawings, if there is any
  6. Claims in which the applicant seeks to be protect
  7. Abstract and conceptual of the invention
  8. Illustration of the invention

Step 4. Submit the documents and settle the following fees at the IPOPHL cashier.

  1. Filing fee
  2. Claims above five
  3. Publication
  4. Concrete Examination
  5. 2nd Publication

Step 5. Online Application: For online application, file the intellectual property using the electronic facility of Intellectual Property of the Philippines at their website: 


A trademark protects and secures a business logo and brand identity. It prevents others from using it without any permission. 

Steps in applying for a trademark

Step 1. Apply for an application to the Bureau of Trademarks at the Philippine Intellectual Property Office. The requirements are a request for registration, detailed information concerning the applicant, and the trademark to be registered.

Step 2.  The Philippine Intellectual Property Office will now look at their database for similar trademarks in the market or identical applications. It will take for at least 6 months. There will be also an examination for the trademark of the applicant; it will be check whether it follows the rules and regulations.

Step 3.  A notice will be receive by the applicant if the trademark is approved. It will be published by the IP Philippines Gazette to inform the public about the application. The application can be disapprove by anyone, if it violates any existing trademarks.

Step 4. 30 days will be given to the public, if there is no any disapproval the Intellectual Property Office will issue the Certificate of Registration. The Certificate of Registration is valid for 10 years and can be applied for renewal.

All fees will be around PHP 15,000.00 in total.

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