Intellectual Property to firm up PCC’s researches

“Developing Intellectual Property Policy is important to nurture the potential of PCC’s researches for licensing and technology dissemination.”

This was emphasized by Dr. Annabelle S. Sarabia, Chief of Research and Development Division during a two-day seminar-workshop on IP Management last March 19-20 at the PCC headquarters in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.

As an output of the seminar, a draft of the PCC-IP Management Policy was presented for further improvement and eventual approval and application.

This program aimed to enhance the capacity of PCC researchers on IP rights management and increase their level of appreciation on the importance of integrating IP in the R&D process and PCC management system.

On the first day of training, the participants were taught about the overview of the policy environment on IP, Philippine Technology Transfer Act 2009 and the basic concepts on IP right. An open forum followed after presentation of each topic.

The second day discussed the transformation of technical papers into IP disclosures. The participants were also taught about the basic prior-art search and invention spotting and incorporating patent search results in IP disclosures. Afterwards, they were oriented about the claim on drafting, finalizing the patent application and processes involved in the transfer and commercialization of science and technology innovations in the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD).

Attorney Jerry Serapion, International Technical Support Organization Manager of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and Mr. Noel A. Catibog, Innovation and Technology Center Manager of DOST-PCAARRD served as resource speakers for the seminar-workshop, which was attended by 103 participants from PCC.