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