Bicutan, Taguig City – To determine the intellectual property (IP) assets that were generated from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-funded researches, the Association of PAQE Professionals, Inc. (APP) was formally commissioned by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) to perform IP audits in the country during the Institute’s 31st anniversary celebration on 29 January 2018.
DOST-TAPI’s Director Edgar I. Garcia expressed the relevance of protecting IP assets of DOST-funded technologies to government research and development institutes, sectoral councils, universities, patent firms, and inventors in his welcome message.
“The APP is one of our important strategic partners particularly on IP protection, having helped the Institute breach annual patent filings from 18 to 100 in 2014,” stated Garcia.
“This is yet another milestone for us at the DOST,” he added.
IP protection can lead to an increase in public funding and technology commercialization from government entities and interested parties.
“This collaborative activity landmarks APP’s humble contribution in ensuring the protection of government-funded IPs,” said Catibog.
A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between DOST-TAPI and APP which shall initially cover at least 14 IP audits across the country and assess about 700 technologies until the end of February 2018.
The audits are expected to beef up IP filings of DOST-TAPI, specifically on patents, utility models, industrial designs, copyrights, and trademarks.
“We are delighted that APP agreed to partner with the Institute despite minor challenges,” expressed Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, Division Manager of Invention Development Division (IDD) of DOST-TAPI.
APP is the only association of registered patent agents in the Philippines that passed the Patent Agent Qualifying Examinations administered by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).
Atty. Decena explained that DOST-TAPI is the Department’s licensing and commercialization arm in accordance with Executive Order No. 128.
Moreover, by virtue of Republic Act No. 10055 or the Philippine Technology Transfer Act, all government-funded research projects are encouraged to be commercialized with IP protection as a key for successful technology transfer.
DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service
Caezar Angelito E. Arceo