The Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) hosted an awarding ceremony to hand over 554 granted intellectual property (IP) certificates by the Intellectual property of the Philippines (IPOPHL) on 25 October 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.
The IP certificates are handed over to various DOST research and development institutes (RDIs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), high schools, and private inventors.
The Institute has been assisting technology generators and inventors in securing IP protection through its IP Rights Assistance Program (IPRAP) for the past decades.
DOST-TAPI Director Edgar I. Garcia recognized that the event only proves that the stakeholders own their innovations and technologies by obtaining IP protection.
“We want those certificates to be of use as innovations in the industry and enterprise development or in your own businesses,” said Garcia during the opening remarks.
Garcia also stated that commercialization of these protected technologies is the next step and that the Institute is very willing to assisting them further.
“DOST-TAPI takes responsibility in the commercialization of these innovations which you have already generated,” added Garcia.
Subsequently, Atty. Lolibeth R. Medrano, Director of the Bureau of Patents of IPOPHL, said that the Office acknowledges DOST-TAPI’s support for IP protection and technology commercialization to the market through technical and financial assistance.
“I have recognized the critical role and the value of partnership with DOST-TAPI as among the most vital in developing a national culture of innovation and creativity,” said Medrano.
Medrano also stated that IPOPHL looks forward to further partnership with DOST-TAPI.
Moreover, Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, Chief Science Research Specialist (SRS) of DOST-TAPI’s Invention Development Division (IDD) informed the awardees and guests that through the IPRAP, the number of quality local patent filings has increased in recent years.
“From 2008 to 2018, the Institute has assisted more than 4,000 IP applications with our increasing targets of 1,000 IP applications filed per year,” stated Decena stated during the closing remarks.
Previous DOST-assisted institutions such as the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, Capiz State University (CAPSU), and DOST-TAPI received 65 copyrights, 36 copyrights and 23 utility models, and 40 copyright certificates, respectively.
On the other hand, Polytechnic University of the Philippines received 212 copyright certificates, and Ms. Ruth O. Yanga, an inventor, received two utility model certificates.
DOST-TAPI patent agents, Caezar Angelito Arceo, Engr. Janeth Cruzada-Vidal, Engr. Roberto Verzosa, and Anna Liza B. Saet are also recognized for their efforts in working closely with the researchers and inventors to draft and file their technologies.
The Institute’s in-house patent agents has accumulated an estimated total savings of around Php1.8 million pesos from January 2017 to present.
Members of the Association of Patent Professionals, Inc. (APPI) also attended the event including Atty. Neptali Bulilan of Sapalo Velez Bundang and Bulilan Law Offices, Atty. Bayani Loste of Fortun Narvasa and Salazar Law Offices, and Atty. Editha Hechanova of Hechanova & Co., Inc.
These law firms and offices have been providing assistance to DOST-TAPI’s clients in the preparation of patent documents and prosecution of IP applications.
A total of 61 copyrights, 19 utility models, and 1 industrial designs were handed over to DOST-attached agencies, 335 copyrights and 37 utility models were handed over to SUCs, 89 copyrights and 1 utility model were handed over to science and national high schools, and 3 copyrights and 8 utility models were handed over to private inventors.
DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service
Maricon R. Avila