The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines ("IPO") recently issued Memorandum Circular No. 2023-001 amending the Rules and Regulations on Trademarks, Service Marks, Trade Names and Marked or Stamped Containers, and Memorandum Circular No. 2023-002 amending the applicable trademark-related fees ("Circulars"). The Circulars took effect on 14 February 2023.
The Circulars further streamline administrative procedures in the registration of trademarks, enhance the enforcement of trademark rights and recognize the protection of non-traditional visual trademarks, such as color marks, motion marks, position marks and hologram marks. The Circulars also require publication fees to be paid in advance upon the filing of a trademark application.
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