Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Caraga HEIs to push IP education

In support to the National Innovation System, Caraga Region will promote Intellectual Property (IP) education among college students through a collaborative efforts of the Department of Trade and Industry, the Commission on Higher Education and the Caraga Intellectual Property Advocates (IPAd), as provided for in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on January 7, 2010 at Luciana Convention Center, Butuan City.

Dir. Brielgo O. Pagaran of DTI-Caraga, Dr. Virginia D. Akiate of CHED-Caraga and Dr. Levita B. Grana signed the MOU with the presence of IPAd officers, faculty members from the 14 colleges/universities which attended the seminar to promote awareness on the importance of protecting and promoting intellectual property and discuss the technology transfer by universities and public research institutions through the strategic use of the Patent System.

Dr. Levita A. Grana was the main speaker, delivered various topics on IP and technology transfer. As Caraga IPAd President, she attended two seminars conducted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), one in Manila and the other in Sri Lanka.

Engr. Emelina A. Laylo- Calo, Chief of DTI-Caraga's Business Development Division, discussed DTI programs for promoting industry-academe linkages and technology transfer and commercialization. Engr. Calo acts as the adviser of Caraga IPAd, one of the latest addition to the industry clusters that DTI-Caraga has organized.

Engr. Ramil A. Sanchez, SVEPS, CHED Caraga discussed the template for the IP Policy that all colleges/universities in Caraga Region must institutionalize in order to protect IP and promote creativity and innovation among the members of the academe. The academe through this IP Policy will be able to establish its own technology transfer office that will handle transfer and commercialization of R & D outputs.

The MOU provided the framework for the collaboration in support to the efforts made by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IP Phils). As part of the action plan, faculty members will be invited to a region-wide seminar this coming Summer 2010, modules will be developed and special trainings like patent writing will also be held in the region.

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