he recently concluded 2020 National Invention Contest and Exhibit (NICE) has awarded Mr. Armando Reosura of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College in Talisay City, Negros Occidental the 2nd Prize in the Tuklas Category for his invention, “Printing Machine”.
Organized by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) the 2020 NICE was held on 03-05 March 2020 at the SMX Convention Center Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
With a total cash prize of Php 200,000 with DOST-TAPI plaque and certificate, the winning invention is a user-friendly, purposely-made printing machine for desired patterns on substrates using a silkscreen process.
Printing Machine wins 2nd Prize in the Tuklas Category of the NICE on 03-05 March 2020 at the SMX Convention Center Aura, Taguig City
The machine consists of a rectangular support frame having legs and printing stations being adjacently disposed on top of the frame
It is advantageous that the cost of preparing plates or stencils from the machine is cheaper with the two frames used - the sturdier frame and the regular frame.
NICE, which recognizes the ingenuity of local inventors and researchers in the country for national development, is a stepping stone in availing the various DOST-TAPI Programs for invention development.
For instance, the Invention-Based Enterprise Development (IBED) Program supports an inventor in developing the invention into a business enterprise by making it available to the consumers.
Funds are provided to cover pre-commercialization activities such as pilot-scale testing, field testing, and pilot production for market testing and commercialization.
Moreover, the Innovation and Technology (I-Tech) Lending Program under the Invention Guarantee Fund (IGF) of Republic Act (RA) 7459 provides a special lending window through the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to extend financial support to credit-worthy and duly-certified Filipino inventors in the commercialization of patented inventions in the Philippines.
Also, an inventor can avail of the Intellectual Property Rights Assistance Program (IPRAP) which provides assistance in securing intellectual property (IP) protection pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 128.
Funding support for payment of filing fees for applications for utility model registration of patent may be availed of by Filipino inventors, researchers, or individuals under IPRAP.
DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service
Emilie S. Capellan