By: Sharah Ibrahim

Bicutan, Taguig City- The Department of Science and Technology- Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI), held its second installment for NCR cluster of the DOST-Intellectual Property Management and Protection of Rights or Ownership against Violations and Encroachment (DOST-IMPROVE) capacity-building activity, the Intermediate IP Enforcement Training Program last February 20, 2023. 

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DOST-IMPROVE capacity-building activity the Intermediate IP Enforcement Training Program's participants. 

The one-day face-to-face cluster training workshop initiated by the TAPI Legal Unit headed by Atty. Israel Jacob R. Zaragoza, aims to hone DOST personnel's skills and knowledge on IP Protection and Management to provide better services to the department and stakeholders.

In her welcome remarks, DOST-IMPROVE Project Leader and TAPI Director, Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena emphasized that IP enforcement will be the last resort of the government whenever IP issues arise in the utilization of DOST-funded technologies. 

“IP Enforcement is relatively a strong term in the Technological Community, especially in the government sector.  Thus, it is imperative that DOST Officials and personnel are sufficiently capacitated on this aspect of IP Management so as not to impose a negative impact on its stakeholders while creating a culture of collaboration and respect in the science community of the country”, Atty. Decena said. 

She also highlighted the importance of sustaining this advocacy by conducting and organizing similar efforts all over the country to better understand the subject of intellectual property protection and intellectual property rights.

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Resource speaker Atty. Carlo B. Valerio, Senior Associate at Cruz, Marcelo & Tenefrancia Law Firm, discussing the concepts and enforcement of IP system. 

During the first part of the training, Atty. Carlo B. Valerio, Senior Associate at Cruz, Marcelo & Tenefrancia Law Firm Intellectual Property Department, imparted his expertise on Intellectual Property Enforcement among the attendees. 

Atty. Valerio thoroughly discussed the importance of the IP system, its main concepts and key considerations of IP enforcement.

After the discussion, the participants underwent a collaborative workshop to test their knowledge on IP enforcement. 

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During the workshop of the training, participants were divided into groups and were tasked to identify what among the given situations violated the Intellectual Property Rights. 

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DOST-IMPROVE's IP Consultant, Atty. Maria Gladys C. Vilchez, explaining the answers during the workshop. 

329555122 580556600525515 1450036024070947147 nParticipants with DOST-IMPROVE Project Leader and TAPI Director, Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, TAPI Legal Unit head Atty. Israel Jacob R. Zaragoza, Resource Speaker Atty. Carlo B. Valerio and  DOST-IMPROVE's IP Consultant, Atty. Maria Gladys C. Vilchez. 

Aside from NCR Cluster, DOST-IMPROVE will bring the second instalment of the training in Misamis Oriental on March 2 (Mindanao Cluster), Benguet on March 8 (Luzon Cluster) And Cebu on March 15 (Visayas Cluster). 

Participants were selected from the DOST-Research and Development Institutes, DOST-Councils, DOST-Regional Offices, and DOST-TAPI Technical Divisions.

In general, the DOST-IMPROVE Intermediate IP Enforcement Training Program is a significant measure towards advocating and safeguarding the entitlements of inventors, technology creators, and innovators by improving the expertise and proficiency of DOST staff in the domain of IP Protection and Management.

Moreover, it adheres to the constitutional duty to defend the exclusive privileges of talented individuals to their intellectual property and innovations.