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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The IPOPHIL Industrial Design Electronic Filing System (eIDfile) is the online filing system of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines(IPOPHL) for Industrial Design applications. It allows the applicants to file and pay for new Industrial Design applications faster, without the need to go to the IPOPHL.

The IPOPHL has also made terminals available onsite for those applicants who may wish to file applications in the IPOPHL premises.
Web browser: preferably latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome. Please take note that to ensure session security, cookies can be disabled.
There is no need for registration to be able to file applications online. IPOPHL eIDfile is accessible to everyone.
IPOPHL eIDfile is available to receive applications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, unless the system is unavailable for maintenance. The IPOPHL will notify the public in the event of system down time or unavailability.
Yes, the IPSO Officers of the IPOPHL will also assist the applicant, if required, in filing the electronic application.
You need to prepare a soft copy of the specification and drawings.
Scanned/electronic copy of the specification as well as the drawings preferably in PDF form
No. The electronic application containing all the information and the attachments supplied by the applicant or the applicant’s representative will be automatically uploaded into the IPOPHL Database. Please make sure that you have provided all the necessary information when you file the application online. In the event that the IPOPHL requires the submission of the paper copy of the attachments, the applicant or representative will be contacted by the IPOPHL.
It contains the title, brief description of the different views of the drawings, characteristic feature description of the design (if any-optional) and claim. Together with the specification is the drawing of the design illustrating its different views to show its complete appearance thereof such as the perspective, front, rear, right and left side views, top and bottom views. However, in cases where the opposite views are mirror images, only one of these views may be submitted, provided that the applicant state in the specification that is the case. Drawings are presented in black and white images. However, for drawings that could be well presented in colored images to be more clearly understandable, applicant has the option to do so.
The examiner will require you to submit the correct attachment, which will be considered received only at the time of receipt of the correct document. The submission of an incorrect attachment will delay the processing of the application.
The filing fee for small entity is PHP 1,720 while for big entity PHP 3,6400 exclusive of the legal research fee.
A small entity is an applicant with assets worth Php 100 million or less while a big applicant has assets over Php 100 million. A small entity is entitled to a discount of 50% of the filing fee of the big entity.
If the applicant is a small entity, the box corresponding to the declaration of small entity must be ticked off. If the applicant is later determined to be a big entity, the processing of the application will be delayed and the applicant will be required to pay the correct fee.
Application fees may paid by:
  • Direct payment to the IPOPHL office cashier
  • Paying online through Dragonpay
Choosing how to pay the application is included as a last step to this e-Filing system.
No, BUT you need to bring the Statement of Account (SOA) which states your payment reference no. and the amount you need to pay. The SOA is generated when you complete the e-Filing process. The IPOPHL cashier CANNOT accept your payment if you do not have the SOA for that particular transaction.
Dragonpay is an online payment solution that enables an IPOPHL client to use his/her existing online banking facility or pay cash over-the-counter at physical retail channels. Dragonpay automatically monitors the online and offline payments made by the client and notifies IPOPHL of a completed payment so that IPOPHL can completely process the application filed online. For details on Dragonpay, click this link
No. Dragonpay will facilitate payment transactions by linking up with several payment partners (Philippine banks and non-banks only), which will collect your payment on behalf of IPOPHL. This option is open to the general public, and there is no Dragonpay account that needs to be opened to enable this option.
Presently, Dragonpay enables payment through the following modes:
1. Pay directly online using the following Philippine bank accounts: BDO, BPI, Metrobank, RCBC, Unionbank, LandBank.
2. Pay cash Over-the-Counter at selected banks namely BDO, BPI, Metrobank, RCBC, RCBC Savings, UCPB, and Unionbank. Check payments are accepted but are subject to bank clearing guidelines. Additionally, you can also pay through the ATM machines of the following banks: BDO, BPI, Unionbank, RCBC, and UCPB.
3. Pay cash Over-the-Counter at selected payment collection centers such as LBC branches, SM Payment Counters, Robinsons Department Stores, Cebuana Lhuillier and M. Lhuillier branches nationwide.
4. Use mobile payments namely Globe GCash and BPI BanKO.
Yes. Please take note that, on top of the IPOPHL filing fees, Dragonpay and the different payment channels will charge their own convenience fees that will be paid by the transacting client. DTI-DOF Joint Department Administrative Order (JDAO) No. 10-01 s. 2010 allows electronic payment service providers to collect convenience fees from the transacting client. Please refer to the Table of Charges/Fees of Payment Channels here.
The login ID and password that is being prompted from you is your online or Internet banking login ID and password with your bank. This is the same login ID and password you use when you check your bank account balance over the Internet. Dragonpay does not require a separate ID and password other than the one you already have. For more details, please click this link.
After you have completed the online form, an acknowledgment receipt will be generated. The acknowledgment receipt is your evidence that the application was received by the IPOPHL containing the Application Number and Filing Date.
You will need to contact the IPOPHL by telephone or email:
Telephone: +632-2386300 ext. 8601/8602 (IPSO);
Email: ipso@ipophil.gov.ph.
The filing date is the date when the application was filed electronically.
The following documents may be attached to the application:
  • Priority Document/s and the official translation if the document is not in English;
  • Other documents that the applicant may provide to support the application, including the Special Power of Attorney, Deed of Assignment, request for deferred publication, etc.

  • The applicant needs to make sure that the documents attached comply with the requirements of the IPOPHL, otherwise, the applicant may be requested to submit the document/s again. The submission of some documents also impacts on the fees to be paid. The applicant needs to check the schedule of fees (http://www.ipophil.gov.ph/services/patent/fees) of the IPOPHL.
    The attachments must be in PDF, preferably searchable.
    Yes. Click on “Save my Application”. The system will generate a file named “IDeFiling.xml”, which will be saved in the “Downloads” folder or your desired folder. When you are ready to continue with your application, go back to the IPOPHL eIDfile site, and click on “Open my saved Application”, select the file “IDeFiling.xml”, click on “Open”, and the file will be retrieved. You may then continue with your application.
    No, the applicant does not need to attach a cover letter as part of the online application.
    The Intellectual Property Code and the Inmplementing Rules and Regulations for Industrial Design will apply to all applications filed electronically. The industrial design applications will likewise be examined in accordance with the same rules and regulations that govern applications that are filed personally by applicants and/or their agents or representatives with the IPOPHL.
    Yes, but you will still need to hire a resident agent or an authorized representative in the Philippines who will thereafter prosecute the application in behalf of you or your company. A copy of the Special Power of Attorney or Appointment of Resident Agent should be submitted as soon as possible.
    Design embodiments are several Industrial designs having the same or similar ddominant “features”
    Yes, provided they should be of substantially the same or similar dominant “features” that are embodied in a single design concept.
    They are articles customarily sold or used together as a set.
    Yes, provided that each article applied is of, or has, the same design or of substantially similar design.
    Graphic symbols- is a visually perceptive figure with a particular meaning used to transmit information independently of language.
    Logos- is a graphic mark, emblem, or symbol commonly used by commercial enterprises, organizations and even individual to aid and promote instant public recognitions.
    Surface patterns- printed elements on the subject of graphics product , designs, textiles and fine arts.
    Screen Displays- a surface area upon text or graphics are temporarily made to appear for human viewing.
    Icons- a pictogram displayed on a computer screen in order to help the user navigate a computer system or mobile device.
    Get-ups- a style or arrangements for the preparation of something such as interior design arrangement of gambling tables, inside portion of the mobile store, among others.
    Graphical user interface (GUI) - is a type of user interface that allows users to interact with electronic devices through graphical icons and visual indicators such as secondary notation, instead of text-based user interfaces, types command labels or text navigation.
    Yes.
    Graphic symbols- is a visually perceptive figure with a particular meaning used to transmit information independently of language.
    Logos- is a graphic mark, emblem, or symbol commonly used by commercial enterprises, organizations and even individual to aid and promote instant public recognitions.
    Surface patterns- printed elements on the subject of graphics product , designs, textiles and fine arts.
    Screen Displays- a surface area upon text or graphics are temporarily made to appear for human viewing.
    Icons- a pictogram displayed on a computer screen in order to help the user navigate a computer system or mobile device.
    Get-ups- a style or arrangements for the preparation of something such as interior design arrangement of gambling tables, inside portion of the mobile store, among others.
    Graphical user interface (GUI) - is a type of user interface that allows users to interact with electronic devices through graphical icons and visual indicators such as secondary notation, instead of text-based user interfaces, types command labels or text navigation.