DOST-TAPI conducts FTO capacity building for RDIs, ROs, SUCs


The Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) conducted an FTO training-workshop to capacitate DOST research and development institutes (RDIs), DOST regional offices (ROs) state universities and colleges (SUCs) with DOST-funded technologies on the importance of Freedom to Operate (FTO) in technology transfer activities on 06-07 March at Y2 Residence Hotel, Makati City. 

DOST-TAPI recognizes the critical role and contributions of research, development and innovation in nation-building and hence, bridges research and development gaps to ensure quality and priority researches.

By inducting FTO, inventions and researches can avoid risks associated with potential infringement of commercial products that are already available in the market.

Moreover, the rise and fall of inventions and researches is determined by the strength of their intellectual property.

The training-workshop was the second of the capacity building activities for FTO funded under the DOST project entitled, “Support to the Commercialization of 500 DOST-Generated Technologies Phase 2: Strengthening the Intellectual Property and Technology Portfolios of the DOST.

“The DOST envisions to capacitate the researchers, technology transfer officers, and technology licensing officers in commercializing the technologies, hence, the FTO training-workshop is a step in realizing the Department’s vision.” said Dir. Edgar I. Garcia of DOST-TAPI.

The two-day training-workshop, in partnership with the Association of PAQE Professionals (APP), Inc., included topics on the introduction about FTO, elements of a good FTO analysis, and FTO in the Philippine legal context.

“The importance of conducting an FTO is due diligence on the part of both researchers and funding agencies developing the technology,” said Noel A. Catibog, resource speaker from the APP.

At the end of each session, the participants were able to experience hands-on FTO assessment guided by the APP speakers.

Some of the technologies subjected to an actual FTO assessment were Solar-Powered Desalination System by Capiz State University, Programmable Toggle Switch by Mariano Marcos State University, An Apparatus on Manufacturing Pellets by Laguna State Polytechnic University, and Multi-Sized Double Acting Hot Press for Engineered Bamboo by the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI).

The 29 participants are required to submit a full-blown FTO report by end of 30 April 2018.

DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service
Jund Rian A. Doringo