Duterte appoints new deputy chiefs, patent head at IP Office

Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte recently reappointed lawyer Nelson P. Laluces as deputy director-general of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

Reappointed deputy director-general Nelson P. Laluces takes his oath before DTI secretary Ramon Lopez

Also named as a new deputy director-general is another lawyer, Teodoro C. Pascua. A third lawyer, Lolibeth R. Medrano, was appointed as the new director of the agency’s Bureau of Patents (BOP).

Laluces took his oath last January 9, while Pascua and Medrano took their oath on January 18 before DTI secretary Ramon M. Lopez.

In 2013, Laluces was appointed as the deputy director general for administration, registration, and adjudication of IPOPHL. His term ended on December 31, 2017 after a five-year stint.

Laluces served as the chairman of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) prior to his appointment at the IPOPHL.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and International Marketing from De La Salle University in 1981 and his Bachelor of Laws from the Ateneo Law School in 1985.

Newly named deputy director-general Teodoro C. Pascua takes his oath before DTI secretary Ramon Lopez

Pascua, on the other hand, was DTI undersecretary for the consumer protection group from 2016 to 2018 before he joined IPOPHL.

Pascua started his service in government in 1981 as a legal assistant at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). From 2010 to 2016, he was the deputy director general at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

He completed his Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila in 1978 and finished his Bachelor of Laws from UP Law in 1982.

Director of the Bureau of Patents (BOP) Lolibeth Medrano takes her oath before DTI secretary Ramon Lopez

Medrano, meanwhile, was the BOP assistant director since 2010. Aside from assisting the director in managing bureau operations, she served as focal point for regional and bilateral patent work-sharing as well as bilateral patent-related cooperation agreements and supervised the capacity building programs for patent examiners.

Medrano finished her Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from UP Diliman in 1993, Masters in Politics and Public Policy from Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) in 1999, Bachelor of Laws from San Beda College of Law in 2001 and Master of Laws from the Ateneo Law School in 2013.

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