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WIPO, IPOPHL, CHED Hold National Workshop on IP and Technology Management

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in cooperation with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), organizes a three-day National Workshop on Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology Management for the members of the Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSOs) from December 5 to 7, 2012 at the Marriot Hotel in Pasay City.

The workshop aims to bring to fore key issues on intellectual property and technology management in universities and R&D institutions from research to commercialization. The workshop is also intended to discuss and share among participants their best practices and to make them aware of the government initiatives that support university in research and innovation. The event is graced by WIPO Deputy Director General for Cooperation Development, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, who will deliver the Keynote Address.

One of the highlights of the workshop is the signing of Memoranda of Agreement between the IPOPHL and fifteen (15) more universities that have agreed to be members of ITSOs. These universities are: Higher Education Institutions in Region VI, namely: Aklan State University (ASU), Capiz State University (CapSU), Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC),  Central Philippines State University, Guimaras State College (GSC), Iloilo State College of Fisheries (ISCOF), Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology (NONESCOST), Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC), Technological University of the Philippines – Visayas (TUP-V), University of Antique (UA), University of the Philippines – Visayas (TUP-V), West Visayas State University (WVSU); Bohol Island State University; Batangas State University; and DOST Negros Oriental. The IPOPHL and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will also sign an agreement to formalizing their role as advocates for the establishment of more ITSOs in the country.  In addition, Ideaspace and Worldwide Intellectual Property Service Co. Ltd. (WIPS) will also sign agreements with IPOPHL.  They will act as support institutions to the commercialization of ITSOs.

This signing of the new agreements with universities brings to 62 the number of ITSO members in the country. The IPOPHL regularly provides IP trainings to ITSOs to strengthen their capabilities on patenting and commercialization, which in the long term, will bring about wealth creation and technology development in the country.