The World Intellectual Property Organization’s Patent Law Division has added Bay Loste in its roster of volunteer patent attorneys under its Inventor Assistance Program.
The IAP seeks to assist under-resourced inventors in participating countries prosecute their patent applications by providing free patent-related services through local patent attorneys and agents. The Philippines has been chosen by the WIPO as one of the pilot countries to test the feasibility of the IAP. Morroco and Colombia are the two other countries that are also conducting their own WIPO-assisted IAP.
The new Director General of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, Atty. Josephine Rimas Santiago, launched the IAP on March 1, 2016 at the SM Aura in Taguig City with WIPO officials in attendance. The guidelines for the screening of patent applications eligible for the IAP are being drawn by the IPOPHL.