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by Madel R. Sabater
13-June-2007 Manila Bulletin

Department of Science and Technology (DoST) Undersecretary for Research and Development (R & D) Dr. Graciano Yumul Jr. yesterday cited the creation of the country’s first Intellectual Property Rights Training Institute (IPRTI), saying that it is a "good move" for the government to further educate the public on intellectual property.

"Yung ginawa ng Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to make a centralized institute is a good move for the government kasi we’re only working in the same country (whether you come from a) private (institution), from government (or) from the academe (IPO’s initiative to establish a centralized institute on IP is a good move for the government since we all work in the same country whether from a private or public institution or in the academe)," he said. "Yan ang mga labanan ngayon worldwide (IP is a global battle nowadays)," he added.

According to Yumul, the move coming from IPO is "complimentary" to the technology transfer program of DoST.

Technology transfer, which results to wealth creation, is one of the three main agenda of DoST. The others are knowledge generation or the creation of research and development (R & D) projects and acceleration of human resources development (HRD) in Science and Technology (S & T).

He said manpower is needed to conduct R & D while R & D generates money for the country through technology transfer.

"It is important for us to learn about IP in order for us to have a very viable technology transfer mechanism," he said, citing IP concerns such as patent, prior art search, copyright, and technology commercialization plan.

Earlier this month, IPO Philippines inaugurated the country’s first Research and Training Institute on Intellectual Property in response to the growing need to educate and train the public, particularly IP professionals like lawyers, scientists, inventors, innovators, and teachers, among others, on the relevance of protecting and managing intellectual property.

The establishment of the institute also aims to develop partnerships among networks, particularly colleges and universities, for the institutionalization of IP programs in the country.

The institute’s course offerings are designed for academic and research institutions, small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), IP right holders such as scientists and inventors, IP professionals like patent and trademark agents and officials, and students.

The IPRTI is located at the IPO Philippines’ Office in Makati City

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