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As an entrepreneur or small business owner, protecting your brand is important. This blog post provides a step-by-step guide to trademark registration in the Philippines.

1. Understanding the Importance of Trademarks

Before diving into the registration process, it's essential to understand what a trademark is and why it's vital for your business.

A trademark is a symbol, word, or phrase legally registered to represent your company's goods or services. It differentiates you from your competitors, serving as a tool for brand recognition and value.

2. Preparing for Trademark Registration

The first step in the trademark registration process is conducting a thorough search to ensure your desired trademark isn't already in use or registered.

While you can do this independently through the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), partnering with an IP service provider like Recurra offers expertise in comprehensive search and analysis, significantly reducing the risk of conflicts or rejections.

3. Understanding the Costs: Direct Filing vs. Filing Through an Agent

When it comes to costs, there are two primary routes: direct filing and filing through an agent like Recurra.

Direct filing may initially seem less expensive, but it requires a deep understanding of legal procedures and can be time-consuming.

In contrast, filing through an agent might have higher upfront costs but offers expert guidance, ensuring a smoother and more efficient process. At Recurra, we provide transparent and competitive pricing, ensuring that you receive quality IP services without hidden costs.

4. Step-by-Step Guide to Filing Your Trademark Application
  • Step 1: Comprehensive Trademark Search
    Begin with a detailed search to ensure the uniqueness of your trademark. Recurra provides expert services in conducting these searches.

  • Step 2: Preparing Your Application 
    Gather all necessary documents and information, including a clear representation of your trademark, a list of goods and services it will cover, and your personal or business details.

  • Step 3: Filing the Application 
    You can file your application online via the IPOPHL's e-services portal or through an IP service provider. 

    Recurra assists in the preparation and submission of your application, ensuring compliance with all requirements.

  • Step 4: Responding to Any Actions by the IPOPHL 
    After filing, the IPOPHL may issue actions or requirements that need addressing.

    As your IP agent, Recurra will handle all communications and ensure timely responses.

  • Step 5: Approval and Registration 
    Once approved, your trademark will be registered, and you will receive a certificate of registration.
5. Why Choose Recurra for Your IP Needs?

At Recurra, we understand the complexities of IP law and the importance of securing your business’s intellectual property. By choosing us, you benefit from:

  • Expert guidance through the entire trademark registration process.
  • Cost-effective solutions tailored to your business needs.
  • Time-saving services allowing you to focus more on your business growth.
  • Ongoing support for any IP-related queries or concerns.


Trademark registration is a critical step in safeguarding your business identity in the Philippines. While the process can be intricate, partnering with an IP service provider like Recurra streamlines and simplifies it. For more information or to start your trademark registration journey, contact us at


Q1: How long does it take to register a trademark in the Philippines?

A1: The process can take several months, depending on various factors, including the completeness of your application and the IPOPHL's processing time.

Q2: What are the risks of not registering a trademark?

A2: Without registration, you may have limited legal grounds to challenge others using similar trademarks, potentially leading to brand confusion and loss of business.

Q3: Can I register a trademark myself, or do I need an agent?

A3: While self-registration is possible, partnering with an agent like Recurra ensures expert navigation through the legal landscape, saving time and reducing the risk of errors.

Q4: What kind of trademarks can be registered in the Philippines?

A4: You can register words, names, symbols, logos, as long as they are distinctive and meet the legal criteria.

Post by JR Quilantang
December 11, 2023