June 7, 2012
The Philippines is embarking on several campaigns to raise the consciousness of Filipinos on the capacity of intellectual property rights to improve the core competence of SMEs, university researchers, private enterprise, and local inventors.
On March 22, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) launched the “Patent Libraries” Franchise, or the Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSO). The launch was held at the Manila Peninsula during a two-day high level forum on Access to Global Technology for Innovation under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The primary goal of ITSO is to establish a network of patent libraries and to provide various universities and research-related institutions with access to patent information and with knowledge on how the patent system works in the Philippines.
During the launch, the Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee Center for the Rule of law was identified and confirmed as one of the emerging Patent Libraries in the country. WIPO and IPOPHL officials, patent attorneys, and registered patent agents attended the launch.
BNU continuously seeks to develop professionals in the field of intellectual property, and is working in cooperation with Teehankee Center to provide highly qualified IP professionals to man key positions in the Ateneo Professional Schools (APS) Patent Library. Under the guidance of Atty. Ferdinand Negre, the joint Patent Library project of the Teehankee Center, the APS, and the IPOHL through ITSO is expected to render patent-related services ranging from prior art research to patent application drafting.
By providing these services, Filipinos are encouraged to become conscious of the significance of IP in their research studies. The business sector, government, and academe can utilize the services of the APS Patent Library to determine if they could apply for patents based on research works that are often present in their dissertations or business models.