The Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) recorded a staggering, estimated Php 10 million savings in 2019 from its pro-bono, in-house patent drafting service. This is an add-on assistance extended by the institute to Filipino inventors who wish to avail its Intellectual Property Rights Assistance Program (iPRAP).
According to the 2019 Accomplishment Report of the Invention Development Division (IDD), the division that handles the intellectual property (IP) services of the agency, a total of 119 IPs were filed by DOST-TAPI’s in-house agents for the said year alone, which is 500 percent higher than in 2014. Also known as ‘pro bono’ patent drafting, this service is done voluntarily by DOST-TAPI’ resident patent agents without additional pay and on top of their regular functions. If availed through private patent firms, this service could cost an inventor for as high as Php 85,000.00 per IP application.
“Before, DOST-TAPI solely depended on the outsourced IP services. The pro-bono patent drafting services of DOST-TAPI’s in-house patent agents is the agency’s answer to the increasing demand of Filipino inventors requesting for IP assistance. This is also a part of capacity building of the Institute,” shared Ms. Anna Liza B. Saet, Program Manager of iPRAP.
Likewise, Ms. Saet said that DOST-TAPI’s in-housed patent agents also take regular skills upgrading courses through the World Intellectual Property Office’s distance learning platform and attend various trainings specifically on the prosecution of IP applications.
With its goal of increasing public awareness on locally-funded technologies, the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) through its Technology Innovation for Commercialization (TECHNICOM) brought together another set of technologies to feature.
Locally-developed technologies that empower and provide opportunities among Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises particularly in the craft and manufacturing sector, was the talking point of TieUps Episode 5, a webinar series on TeKnowLohiya—the Program’s Facebook page— which was aired on September 2, 2020.
“Our technologies like the abaca boat and foam shredder will not just serve as
accomplishments in our research and development efforts, but also as catalysts for economic growth and livelihood creation. Combining innovation with local raw materials could jumpstart creation of new MSMEs, translating to more jobs and opportunities.” shared DOST-TAPI Director and TECHNICOM Program Leader Engr. Edgar I. Garcia in his opening remarks
Despite delays in broadcast brought by the inclement weather, there is no stopping the Technology and Innovation for Commercialization Program in delivering its advocacy of increasing the Filipino’s awareness on locally-developed and government-funded technologies.
The Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) through its TECHNICOM Program, aired the third episode of TieUps, a webinar series on TeKnowLohiya--the Program’s Facebook page on August 19, 2020.
“We recognize the great contribution of farms in the northern region to the total vegetable production in our country, especially since it is popularly known as the salad bowl of the Philippines. Therefore, we should know the state of agriculture in these areas and discuss how farm mechanization can help improve its yield. May this webinar in a way encourage our farmers to try modern technology in their production,” emphasized Engr. Marvin Eric O. Dela Cruz, Cluster Head of the TECHNICOM Program and Senior Science Research Specialist in his opening remarks.
This episode revolved around the discussion of various technologies that can aid in farm mechanization or the integration of agricultural machineries to relieve farmers of manual labor.
Electrifying and powerful discussions summed up the continuing pursuit of the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) through its Technology Innovation for Commercialization (TECHNICOM) in increasing public awareness of locally-funded technologies.
In its 4th episode, innovative and renewable energy technologies in the Philippines hit the spotlight of TieUps, a webinar series on TeKnowLohiya—the Program’s Facebook page— aired on August 26, 2020.
“Energy is central to growth and prosperity, hence, our future depends on how we revolutionize our country’s energy industry” said DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development, Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara and co-chair of the Program Advisory Committee for the TECHNICOM Program.
She also emphasized the commitment of DOST and DOST-TAPI in to supporting the development of local renewable technologies by providing assistance to Filipino inventors and enterprises who focus on discovering modern but sustainable ways of providing power to different industries.
Likewise, USec. Guevara added that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has opened an opportunity for the government to improve its energy infrastructure by recalibrating the energy sources that are commonly being used and by creating policies that are geared towards the global goal of saving our planet from climate change.