Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSO)

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The IP Search Division (IPSDD) of IPOPHL is offering an online IP training course as part of the continuing capacity building program on patent search  for ITSOs, academe, DOST and attached agencies, public R&D institutions, and other government agencies. The first of two (2) series is scheduled on April until June 2017.

The Online Certificate Course on Patent Information Search (PS101) is aimed at introducing the participants to a whole new and exciting world of searching and accessing patent information via the world wide web. Practical assessment exercises are included after each module to provide the participants with real-world applications on the subject matter. After the completion of this course, it is expected that the participants will be able to conduct basic patent information search.   


The course consists of the following modules:

Module 1:      Wealth of Information in Patent Documents

Module 2:      (51) Int. Cl.: Patent Classification

Module 3:      Patent Search: Types and Practical Applications

Module 4:      Accessing Patent Information

Module 5:      Conducting Patent Search: A Technical Approach

Module 6:      The Patent Search Report

                     Final Exam

                     Distribution of certificates

Mentoring/training support is provided throughout the duration of the program by IPOPHL tutors who are expert practitioners in the field of patent search.


The final exam must be completed and submitted on or before the specified time frame. The grading system is based on WIPO's pass/fail grading scheme. In order to pass the course and receive the certificate, the participants need to score at least 60%.

The final grade is computed based on 20% of all the practical exercises and 80% of the final exam. It can be viewed on the "Gradebook" option at the left side of the e-Learning platform.

Important: Failure to complete the course may be a ground for refusal of acceptance to future courses offered by the IP Training Group (IPTG)


The course is available free of charge for technical personnel from ITSOs, academe, DOST and attached agencies, public R&D institutions, and other government agencies.

Note: The participants should be willing to send the IPTG a post-training report on the actual application of patent search  in their respective offices after the training is completed. The participants will be provided with the format of the post-training report. For example, patent search may be applied on the pre-assessment of inventions intended for patent application, evaluation of new technologies, finding new technologies, etc. You may also conduct trainings (seminar-workshops) on patent search for your co-workers.

Registration is open until March 29, 2017. Click here to register.

(see also IAP at IPOPHL)


The Inventor Assistance Program (IAP) is the first global program of its kind. It matches developing country inventors and small businesses with limited financial means with patent attorneys, who provide pro bono legal assistance to secure patent protection (free legal advice on how to file a patent to protect their inventions).

The Inventors Assistance Program aims to help solve the problem experienced by patent filers on exorbitant cost on professional fees relative to filing international patents by putting eligible inventors and small businesses in touch with an expert in their country who is willing to help them free of charge.

The program is a joint initiative of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), with support and input from some of the world's leading businesses and law firms. WIPO and WEF have developed IAP aimed at making the IP system more accessible by matching financially under-resourced inventors of promising new technologies and ideas with qualified IP counsel, to assist in securing patent protection for their innovations. IAP is designed to assist both individuals and small entities who lack the financial resources to navigate the patent system on their own.

The IAP is composed of countries, sponsors, and pro bono patent attorneys. These three groups all constitute IAP members. All members must accept in writing the guiding principles of the program.

The IAP is currently active on a pilot basis in three countries and was launched in the Philippines on March 1, 2016:

  • Colombia
  • Morocco
  • Philippines


For Inventors

Go to an Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) and request further information or submit an application. Fill out the application form.

To qualify for support, you must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Basic knowledge of the patent system: You must be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the patent system. You can do this in one of two ways:
  2. Income level: Your income must be below the threshold determined by the country in question. Refer to the IAP Philippine Criteria.
  3. Eligible invention: You must have an invention that qualifies for IAP. Decisions on the eligibility of inventions are taken by the IAP screening board of the country in question. Refer to the IAP Philippine Criteria.
  4. Residence: You must be a resident in the country in which you make the request and that country must be a participant in the IAP.

For Pro Bono Attorneys:

The first step is to check whether your country of residence is currently participating in the IAP.

If it is, then simply complete the online application form and WIPO will get back to you.

Please note that only attorneys who are licensed to practice by the industrial property office of the country concerned and who accept in writing the guiding principles of the IAP are eligible to apply.


  1. Atty. Bayani Loste
  2. Mr. Caezar Arceo
  3. Atty. Misael Costes
  4. Mr. Noel Catibog 
  5. Atty. Anne Marie Celeste Jumadla

For further inquiries, call (02) 238-6300 local 5301 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More Information:

Download the IAP flyer
IAP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Online Course for Inventors

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