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IPO considering on intellectual property for S&T
Very The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL) will be conducting a three-day seminar on intellectual property protection for science and technology aimed at educational and private institutions that have research and development programs specific to S&T.

The seminar, to be held at the IPOPHIL office in Makati City, is expected to develop advocates and legal experts’ awareness of intellectual property rights and the importance of patent documents as a source of technical information

Participants would be provided basic knowledge on patent classification based on the rules of the International Classification System and instill in the practice of conducting patent searches prior to conducting research and development projects.

Legal experts and professors will deliver presentations on various topics including an overview on the country’s IP system, the role of patent system in the economic and industrial growth of developed countries and on enhancing the indigenous creativity through the utility model and industrial designs.

IPOPHIL Director General Adrian Cristobal Jr. explained that intellectual property is an asset for schools and universities as they could earn or benefit from the commercialization of their patented products.

He added that knowledge in intellectual property rights is also a major tool in the negotiations for technology transfer and licenses and agreement.

“On the other hand, the patent search will also help them avoid duplication in their R&D efforts, give strongest protection to their inventions and will help them defend their inventions during the course of patent prosecution,” Cristobal said.

The University of the Philippines Diliman has been engaged in various research projects and activities including textbook writing, creating writing, research programs and public papers.

Between the years 2000 up to 2005 the UP faculty has conducted a yearly average of 340 research projects, mostly from its science and technology cluster, followed by the management and economics, social sciences and law and the arts and letters clusters.

First posted 11:12pm (Mla time) April 06, 2006
By Alexander Villafania


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