January 29, 2007
Press Release, 07-06
U.S. and Republic of the Philippines Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Intellectual Property Rights
Collaboration Will Help Support U.S. Commerce Globally
The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that Jon Dudas, under secretary of Commerce for intellectual property and Adrian S. Cristobal, Jr., director general of the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of the Philippines (IP Philippines), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on technical cooperation between the two intellectual property offices.
As trading partners, the United States and the Philippines enjoy a close economic relationship that depends on strong intellectual property protection for their innovators and businesses.
"The USPTO appreciates this opportunity to work with the Philippines," said Under Secretary Dudas. "We are confident that, together, we will contribute to enhancing administration of intellectual property rights for IP users in both the Philippines and the United States."
Under the terms of the MOU, the USPTO and IP Philippines will cooperate on a range of intellectual property issues. The USPTO will provide assistance on the development of patent and trademark examination manuals and automated patent and trademark examination tools, as well as provide assistance with modernization projects that the two sides identify. The two offices will exchange information on a regular basis regarding their respective examination practices and the intellectual property laws of their respective countries.