SMX Convention Center, Pasay City - The bi-annual National Invention Contest and Exhibits spearheaded by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) concluded last 27 July 2014 at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City. The National Invention Contest unravelled the Filipino’s innovative creativity and ability in generating functional products/processes that not only make life convenient and easy, but more importantly, help spur country’s economic development. The contest recognized the hard work and efforts of the inventors and researchers including the students.
From the 889 participating entries received across the regions that participated in the 2013 Regional Invention Contests, 57 entries were declared regional winners cum national qualifiers of the 2014 National Invention Contest of which 14 entries emerged as national winners. The Board of Judges announced the winners for the five (5) categories of the National Invention Contest during the Awarding Ceremony last 27 July 2014.
Taguig City - TAPI held its first experimental training on IP called "A Training-Workshop on Patent Drafting for DOST Researchers". The training-workshop was conducted at the TAPI Audio Visual Room last 17-19 June 2014.
Participants of the said training were researchers from DOST R&D Institutions, Regional Offices, Councils and Service Institutes and from SUCs. The three-day activity supported by DOST-HRDP aims to guide the researchers on acquiring basic skills needed in patenting. TAPI Director Engr. Edgar I. Garcia shared that this was in response to the call of the DOST management to increase the number of patents filed and approved in the country thus, contributing in the overall ratings of the Philippines in the Global Competitiveness Index.