The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) re-opened its Satellite Office in Palo, Leyte weeks after Typhoon Yolanda and resumed its operations on 25 November 2013. The building of the Department of Trade and Industry – Region VIII, where the Intellectual Property Satellite Office (IPSO) is located, was heavily damaged by the super typhoon.
Two weeks after the typhoon, the IPOPHL created a make-shift IPSO which offers full patent, trademark, and copyright services. Public service is also being offered in the form of two available computers with internet connection which the public can use for free for communications. The IPOPHL also plans to donate computer units to affected Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSOs), such as the Visayas State University (VSU), to facilitate resumption normality of operations.
The IPOPHL Team in Palo, Leyte is composed of Mr. Virgilio Bonjoc from IPSO Tacloban, Mr. Joenero Bollozos from IPSO Cebu, Mr. Eric Paden, IP Field Operations Unit Area Manager for Visayas, Mr. Pelagio Carao, Administrative Aide VI, Mr. Rodolfo Daganio, Administrative Aide V, and Mr. Nelson Jandoc, Security Officer from the Main Office. The Team brought with them four units of computers, generator, food, office equipment, and gasoline in their mission.