BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 6 (PIA) -- The local artists and entrepreneurs were delighted with the launching of the Intellectual Property Satellite Office (IPSO) at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Caraga regional office, this city.
Fritz Villahermosa, game developer from Caraga region thanked the government particularly the DTI for this initiative to address their concerns and for granting easier means for intellectual property filings.
"We're glad to finally have this office here in Butuan because it would really help us local artists. It would be easier also when we have concerns that need their assistance, like in IP filing. Our works are being protected with the help of IPSO," said Villahermosa.
According to Evangeline Linog, an entrepreneur from Tagbina, Surigao del Sur, the establishment of the said office in Butuan City is a great help for a Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME)-entrepreneur like her so they would not need to travel far from the region to ask for assistance from IPSO.
"The DTI has always been there for us (entrepreneurs) to guide us and ensure that we are able to market properly the products that we sell to different places. And having the IP satellite office here in Butuan gives us convenience in filing our IP concerns," Linog bared.
Director-general Josephine Santiago of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPH), stressed to all Caraga entrepreneurs the importance of having a trademark in their products which are sold in the market. She said this would also make their products be well-known even in other countries, and be spared from imitation or reproduction of fake products.
"Having a name or trademark on your products really help other people get to know your product well, and they could easily refer it to other people once they see that your product is well packaged," cited Santiago.
The official added, interested individuals or parties could already apply online and even pay online.
Meanwhile, Ramil Leongas, officer-in-charge of industry development division of DTI-Caraga calls on the local artists and business sector to avail of the services offered by the intellectual property satellite office. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)