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Trademarks in Philippines

  • Filing a trademark in Philippines is relatively straightforward and multi-class applications are allowed.

  • The application is filed with the IPOPHIL and the official fees and our fees for filing a trademark in one class would be approximately US$400. We offer discounts on a case by case basis.

  • The average time taken to obtain registration of a trademark is 18 to 24 months, with the opposition period being 30 days from the issuance of the e-Gazette.


  • IPOPHIL may object to a trademark application for being non-distinctive, descriptive or even for being confusingly similar to another prior trademark. Sometimes, you may face objections to your goods or services applied for. ​When objections are raised, office actions are issued by the relevant examiner. 


  • If you face objections (i.e. office actions or provisional refusals), then you have the option of the overcoming these objections by filing a response with the IPOPHIL. For responding to office actions or provisional refusals, we charge on a flat-fee basis rather than hourly rates. We would be happy to provide you with our preliminary assessment and quote upon request. The chances of success in overcoming any objections depends on the merits of each case.


  • You must file a Declaration of Use within 3 years of filing your application, failing which your application will be deemed abandoned.


  • The Philippines adopts a “first to file” system so to protect your rights against potential infringers or copycats, we recommend you file your application as quickly as possible.


  • Before embarking on any trademark application, engage us to conduct a trademark search on the Registry’s records to ascertain if your trademark is registrable and whether there are any confusingly similar marks that may block your trademark registration.

  • If you have a Philippines trademark and would like to expand your business overseas, you may file your trademark nationally in different countries. Get in touch with us today for a fee quote!

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