July 21, 2021

Agri-researchers may get patent training.

THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE has announced that state colleges and research institutions focusing on agricultural and fisheries commodities would get patent training.

The agricultural research council of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) has prioritized projects for the 17 state universities and colleges, as well as research and development institutes. Mango, rice, swine, bamboo, dairy cattle, and rubber are among the commodities on which the schools or institutions are working.

The Philippine Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL) collaborated with DoST to promote the use of patents in agricultural research.

“Using patent information to obtain insight into the development of technologies in specific areas of interest is part of IPOPHL’s goal to make IP relevant to the people in real and practical ways enabled by technology and knowledge transfer. In a statement released Monday, IPOPHL Director General Rowel S. Barba stated, “This patent mining initiative is one example of making IP function in the real world.”

IPOPHL has been working with schools in Cavite, Bohol, Isabela, and portions of Mindanao since July 5. Each was chosen for their scientific specialties and the availability of goods in their respective areas.

Mr. Barba said that the IPOPHL’s cooperation with the (DoST’s agricultural council) is aimed at raising awareness of patent information as a valuable resource for creating research programs and financing strategies in a variety of technical clusters, including agriculture.

“Understanding the patent landscape also aids in the identification of collaborators and partners, the exploration of jumping-off points for R&D activities, the support of a data-informed decision-making approach, and the reduction of the likelihood of wasting efforts and resources on crowded technological space.”

IPOPHL and DoST previously collaborated on finding worldwide patent data on awards and pending applications that would aid in the competitiveness of Philippine agriculture.

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