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OF A PHILIPPINE PATENT ONLINE


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A Patent is a grant given by government to inventors/applicant in return for disclosing an Invention. It is a legal right to exclusively exploit the invention for the life of the patent. The term of protection for a Patent is (20) years from the date of filing in the Philippines, with no possibility of renewal.
A Patentable Invention is any technical solution to a problem in any field of human activity which is new, inventive, and useful. An Invention may relate to a product (e.g. machine, device, an article of manufacture, a composition of matter, a microorganism), process or method, (e.g. a method of use, method of manufacturing, a non-biological process, a microbiological process), computer-related inventions, and improvement of any of the foregoing.
eInventionFile System is an Internet-based service of IPOPHL for the online filing of new Patent applications without physically transacting with the IPOPHL office or its satellite offices (IPSOs). Please refer to the following link:
eInventionFile System
The eInventionFile System is provided free of charge. The only fees that will be required are those associated with Patent application filing such as filing fee, excess claim fee, and priority claims.
Any individual or juridical entity may file a patent application. For applicants who are non-residents of the Philippines, they should appoint a Resident Agent or Patent Attorney.
There is no need for registration in order to access eInventionFile System and file a patent application online. The online service is accessible to everyone as long as the applicant or agent has an internet connection and an active email address.
Yes. You have the option of saving a draft of your application when using the Patent eFiling online service. This option saves the draft as an XML file on your computer by means of the 'Save my Application' button. If you would like to make changes to a saved application you will need to resume the transaction with the eInventionFile System using the 'Open my saved Application' button.
The eInventionFile System is preferably supported by the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome. Please take note that to ensure session security, cookies can be disabled.
The online service is available 24/7, except when the system is under maintenance. Maintenance schedule will be posted at the IPOPHL website.
Yes, the IPSO Officers may also assist the applicant, if necessary, in filing the electronic application.
Documents must be formatted for electronic filing into Portable Document Format (PDF) and the file name is required as follows:
Application Type Requirements
PCT
  • International Application Information (e.g. International Application Number, International Publication Number)
    PCT Divisional
    • International Application Information (e.g. International Application Number, International Publication Number)
    • Relevant Claims for the Divisional Application (PDF);
    • Parent Application Details (Parent Application Number and Filing Date)
      Direct Route
      • Specification covering the disclosure of the application (PDF);
      • Abstract covering the summary or gist of the application (PDF);
      • Claims covering the protection sought to be patented (PDF);
      • Drawings, if any (PDF); and
      • Sequence Listing, if any (PDF).
        Direct Divisional
        • Specification covering the disclosure of the application (PDF);
        • Abstract covering the summary or gist of the application (PDF);
        • Relevant Claims for the Divisional Application (PDF);
        • Parent Application Details (Parent Application Number and Filing Date);
        • Drawings, if any (PDF); and
        • Sequence Listing, if any (PDF).
          All PDFs must be full text searchable prior to uploading into the system. Parties are encouraged to use the “Convert to PDF” function for MS Office files to ensure the PDF is full text searchable. For hard copies, they must be scanned and saved as PDF.
          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, however, that submission of paper copies of documents attached in the electronic filing are deemed necessary the applicant or representative shall be notified by the IPOPHL.
          An electronic copy of the Statement of Account (SOA) and PDF copy of the application form will be sent to the email account of applicant or agent in real time to confirm completion of transaction.
          The online system will automatically compute the required fees during the application process. Further, a copy of the Statement of Account (SOA) that includes the details of required fee payable to IPOPHL will be sent thru email together with the electronic copy of the application form.
          The fees should be paid within one month from the filing date of the application.
          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.
          No. You have to hire a resident agent or an authorized representative in the Philippines who will file the application in behalf of you or your company. A copy of the Special Power of Attorney or Appointment of Resident Agent should be attached in the online application by your representative.
          Documents must be formatted for electronic filing into Portable Document Format (PDF preferably searchable) and the file name is required as follows:
          Application Type Optional Requirements
          PCT Application
          • Specification covering the disclosure of the application;
          • Abstract covering the summary or gist of the application;
          • Claims covering the protection sought to be patented;
          • Drawings, if any;
          • Sequence Listing if any;
          • Priority Document/s and the English translation if the document is not in English;
          • Deed of Assignment;
          • Special Power of Attorney;
          • Declaration of the applicant’s small entity status as required in Sec. 5.3 of IPOPHL Memorandum Circular No. 16-012 Series of 2016. (Effective 01 Jan 2017);
          • Amendments
            • Under PCT Article 19
            • Under PCT Article 34
          • International Search Report;
          • International Preliminary Examination; and
          • PCT/IB/304.
          PCT Divisional Application
          • Specification covering the disclosure of the application;
          • Abstract covering the summary or gist of the application;
          • Drawings, if any;
          • Sequence Listing if any;
          • Priority Document/s and the English translation if the document is not in English;
          • Deed of Assignment;
          • Special Power of Attorney;
          • Declaration of the applicant’s small entity status as required in Sec. 5.3 of IPOPHL Memorandum Circular No. 16-012 Series of 2016. (Effective 01 Jan 2017);
          • Amendments
            • Under PCT Article 19
            • Under PCT Article 34
          • International Search Report;
          • International Preliminary Examination; and
          • PCT/IB/304.
          Direct Route Application
          • Priority Document/s and the English translation if the document is not in English;
          • Other documents that are deemed necessary to prosecute the application before IPOPHL including the Special Power of Attorney and Deed of Assignment; and
          • Declaration of the applicant’s small entity status as required in Sec. 5.3 of IPOPHL Memorandum Circular No. 16-012 Series of 2016. (Effective 01 Jan 2017).
          Direct Route Divisional Application
          • Priority Document/s and the English translation if the document is not in English; Other documents that are deemed necessary to prosecute the application before IPOPHL including the Special Power of Attorney and Deed of Assignment; and
          • Declaration of the applicant’s small entity status as required in Sec. 5.3 of IPOPHL Memorandum Circular No. 16-012 Series of 2016. (Effective 01 Jan 2017).
          Please contact the Patents Records Management Division at
          (632) 238-6300 local 3312
          from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM,
          Monday through Friday
          to answer your query and concerns with regards to IPOPHL eInventionFile System.

          Please note: saved drafts will expire after fourteen days, at which point you will have to begin again. We strongly discourage you from relying on only these drafts to record the information they enter into your application.