On the 16th July at the MSME Summit 2019 held at the Philippine International Convention Centre, Josephine R. Santiago, Director of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), cemented a partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry's Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG) Undersecretary Zenaida C.Maglaya through a Memorandum of Agreement both parties signed. This partnership acts as part of the IPOPHL’s objective to advance their Mind2Market Program and encourage MSMEs to enforce their IP for their inventions.

In accordance with this Agreement, the IPOPHL will co-ordinate all services requested by their inventor clients. Meanwhile, the DTI-ROG’s BMSED will connect MSMEs interested in using the IPOPHL’s services to the IPOPHL and keep a watchful eye over all Mind2Market Program activities.