Date: May 31, 2017

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The Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime represented by PCSUPT VIRGIL F BOMBITA (Ret), Deputy Special Envoy, and Alyanna Joy S. Jaucian, Desk Officer, attended the launching of the National Intellectual Property Strategy (NIPS) Project which was held on May 30, 2017 Fairmont Hotel, Makati City.


The launching was spearheaded by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and participated in by representatives from various government agencies, universities, private institutions, chambers of commerce, and other IPO related organizations. Former President Fidel V. Ramos was also present as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines was signed into law during his term.



Director General Josephine Santiago of IPOPHL delivered the opening remarks. She stressed that the Philippines is ranked 5th out of 7th countries (ASEAN) in terms of Global Innovation Index (GII) and this means that there is a need to come up with a NIPS strategy. She added that this discrepancy echoes the need for an IP strategy that focuses on strengthening policy, investing capital and research, building more infrastructures, and creating an environment full of innovation. She also believed that the relatively huge population of young people in the country would be of great help in bringing innovation to a different level. After DG Santiago’s remarks, former President Fidel V. Ramos also gave a short message and encouraged all to be proactive and help the government in curbing poverty and achieving prosperity by following the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


There were four keynote speakers in the morning session: (a) Ramon M. Lopez, Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry on Developing a “MSMEs-Friendly” Intellectual Property Regime; (b) Fortunato T. Dela Peña, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology on Science, Technology, and Intellectual Property as Drivers of Innovation; (c) Dr. William Padolina, Project Manager of Philippine-California Advanced Research Institute (PCARI) onMainstreaming Intellectual Property in Higher Education; and (d) Mario Matus, Deputy Director General of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on The National IP Strategy: Responding to the 4th Industrial Revolution.


In the afternoon session, there were three speakers: (a) Mr. Hyun-suk Lim, Director of the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) on The Development of the Intellectual Property System in the Republic of Korea and the Implementation of the National Property Strategy; (b) Carmen G. Peralta, Director, IPOPHL on the Presentation of the Project on the Development of the National Intellectual Strategy of the Philippines; and (c) Mr. Ye Min Than, Senior Program Officer, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) onThe Role and Experience of the World Intellectual Property System in Supporting the Development of National Intellectual Property Strategies: Methodology, Process, and Tools.


IPOPHL Director Peralta presented the project on the development of the NIPS of the Philippines. She discussed the importance and impact of IP strategy to the development of the Philippines. She also mentioned the challenges to be addressed, to wit: (a) low level of local innovation; (b) absence of a vibrant IP culture; (c) weak link between research and industry; (d) IP system seen to be complex; and (e) lack of or poor coordination among agencies involved in innovation. She also shared the methodology of the IP strategy as well as its timeline. The NIPS is expected to be completed in a year and the implementation will start in April 2018.


IPOPHL Deputy Director General Allan B. Gepty gave the closing remarks, thanked all the participants, and encouraged them to take part in the quest of upholding intellectual property in the country through creative activity and innovation.