In the early part of 2014, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) issued Memorandum Circular Nos. 14-002 and 14-003 amending the reckoning date of the annual fee due dates for divisional applications (filed via direct route or PCT) to achieve a uniform procedure in the payment of annual fees for patent applications. The amendments synchronize the annual fee due dates of both the parent application and its divisional application effective 3 March 2015, one year after the issuance date of Circular 14-002.

Under the current practice, the reckoning date for the annual fee of divisional patent applications is the publication date of the divisional application in the IPOPHL e-Gazette regardless of whether the divisional application is derived from a direct route patent application or from an international patent application. Starting 3 March 2015, however, annual fees for divisional applications shall be reckoned from the publication date of the parent application. Hence, for divisional applications derived from an international patent application, the annual fee due date shall be based on the international publication date of the parent application while for direct route divisional applications, the annual fee due date shall be reckoned from the publication date of the parent application in the IPOPHL e-Gazette. If the divisional application was filed more than four (4) years after the publication date of the parent application, payment of annual fees for the divisional application shall commence on the following year from the last year paid in the parent application, and on each subsequent anniversary of such date. The tables below illustrate these changes.

Direct Route Patent Application 

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PCT National Phase Application

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