THE Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) will be mounting the 2019 edition of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) on March 18 to 22 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City to reach out to IP practitioners in the Visayas.
“Scaling up our IP education and awareness drive is at the forefront of IPOPHL’s agenda. The MCLE Program’s first run outside of Luzon will be an essential learning opportunity for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. The curriculum for this lecture series is a diverse offering of updates on IP legislation, strategic innovation on IP core processes and appeals, and commerce-related concepts of IP,” said Director General Josephine Santiago.
Intellectual property processes, particularly in application and appeals, as well as the special rules and procedures on IP cases, will also be discussed.
Intellectual property is a game-changer of scientific innovation and creativity, and has been entrenched as a component of economic growth in the Philippine Development Plan, particularly in chapters on advancing science, technology and innovation, and expanding economic opportunities for industry and services.
The area of intellectual property is a new and exciting field in legal practice that remains to be fully tapped by a new generation of lawyers. With every sector, from manufacturing to banking, now being infused with technology, expertise in the field of intellectual property will complement law firms’ existing competencies in high- demand practice areas such as information technology and cyber law.
Intellectual property has been an increasingly salient feature of modern free trade agreements, both bilateral and multilateral ones, putting it in a prime intersection with trade law.
The lecture series will tackle topics such as the impact of new legislation (the Competition Law and the Data Privacy Act) on intellectual property, as well as enforcing one’s IP rights.
For business groups and commerce associations, capitalizing on companies’ intellectual property assets by way of licensing and franchise will also be discussed.
Members of the academe and research and development institutions will benefit from learning about drafting technology transfer agreements, in case their technology are being prepped for commercialization.
The five-day program presents a rare opportunity for these sectors to learn the centrality of IP in these different fields of knowledge.
The IPOPHL MCLE 2019 curriculum will be taught by a roster of seasoned and internationally-recognized intellectual property lawyers and professors. (PR)