On her assumption as the fourth Director General of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines in October 2015, lawyer Josephine Rima-Santiago brings with her an expansive and extensive experience in the field of the intellectual property system that traverses two decades in government and in the private realm. In government, she was former Deputy Director General, Intellectual Property Office (1999-2002); Director, Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Dept. of Science and Technology (2006-2008); and an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practitioner, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (2011-2015). In the private sector, she was an intellectual property rights consultant and legal practitioner, educator, and researcher.

As a legal practitioner and educator, DG Santiago engaged in a modest legal practice in her own law firm while being a faculty member at the Faculties of Law of the De La Salle University and the Arellano University where she taught Intellectual Property Law for almost a decade. She held the distinction of being the only Filipino Faculty/Tutor on Advanced Patent at the WIPO Academy’s Distance Learning Program since more than five years ago and served as resource person in various conferences, workshops and seminars, both local and international.

As an ADR advocate, she was among those appointed as ADR Specialist by the Office of the President (2007) and included in the WIPO List of Neutrals of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (2015).

As a researcher, she led several local and international research projects conducted in the area of IP system and related fields, one of which was on access to innovation, a 2-year grant obtained from the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada in 2009 and presented later at the international 8th Globelics Conference in Malaysia. She published some articles, one of which is the “Economic Empowerment of Universities and R&D Institutions through Co-Ownership and Effective Exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights”, and is part of the Collection of Research Papers, WIPO Publication (2003).

A graduate of the University of the Philippines with the degrees of B.S. in Foreign Service and Bachelor of Laws, DG Santiago further obtained the degree of Master of Laws in Intellectual Property from the joint program of the University of Turin in Italy and the WIPO Worldwide Academy. She is married and has three children.

DG Santiago is a member of various organizations, among which are the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, UP Women Lawyers’ Circle, UP Portia Sorority, UP Sigma Beta Sorority Alumnae Foundation Inc., Intellectual Property Professors and Researchers Organization of the Philippines, Inc. (IP-PRO Phil.) and the Intellectual Property Alumni Association Inc. (IPAA).