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DTI, IPOPHL offers trademark incentives for 1,000 MSMEs

From L to R: DTI Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya, DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, IPOPHIL Deputy Director General Teodoro C. Pascua, and Bureau of Trademarks Director Leny B. Raz during the signing of the extension of the Juana Make a Mark program.

Pampanga – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Intellectual Property of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is extending its Juana Make a Mark program that waives trademark application fees to 1,000 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

Through the program, MSMEs can save up to Php 3,000 from waived basic filing, color claims, and first publication fees.

“Juana Make a Mark is part of our strategy to help the MSMEs be part of the local supply chain and eventually venture out to the global market,” said Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.

During the MSME Summit last July 10 in Clark, Pampanga, DTI and IPOPHL signed an extension to their original Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that expired last February 14. The program’s effectivity is extended to February 14, 2019, or until all applications have been availed.

In a press statement, IPOPHL Director Josephine R. Santiago said that “the success of the first round of the program shows MSMEs are realizing the significance of trademarks, and give them an edge in marketing their products.”

To qualify for the program, MSMEs must be:

The said priority sectors are as follows:

To apply, MSMEs must: