IPOPHL is the 23rd in the world and 2nd in ASEAN to be appointed as search authority. The appointment is a form of recognition over the patent bureau's capability in examining patent applications.
Josephine Santiago, director general of IPOPHL said that the bureau of patents undertook a number of improvements in the last two years in order to meet the requirements for appointment. These requirements are:
(1) sufficient number of technical and man power competence to carry out search and examination in required technical fields. There are 110 full time patent examiners.
(2) use of comprehensive commercial and publicly accessible databases covering patent and non-patent science and engineering databases.
(3) a comprehensive and multi-tiered quality management system namely, in process quality check, ISO QMS 9001:2008 and internal Patent Quality Review System (PQRS),
(4) recommendation by established international authorities, particularly the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and IP Australia.
Santiago also cited the vibrant Philippine economy and the country’s achievement of having a highly successful network of Innovation and Technology Support Offices or ITSOs. This network of research institutions and universities is a potential source of patent filings. The Philippines has also been identified by WIPO as a “hub for intellectual property creation and commercialization”. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) ranked Philippines among the top 15 preferred investment destinations of multinational enterprises.
Philippines is the fifth most active country for patents after Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
Each search authority can set their own search fee. IPOPHL have not announced their search fee. Search fee by Offices of Australia, Japan, and Singapore are USD1688, USD1372 and USD1645, respectively.