DOST chief expects more intellectual property registrations

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) secretary Fortunato dela Peña said he is expecting more intellectual property (IP) applications and approvals with the recent launch of the National Intellectual Property Strategy (NIPS) 2020-2025.

DOST secretary Fortunato dela Peña

“Awareness campaign, strengthening of ITSO (Innovation and Technology Support Office) in different research institutions, improvement in procedures, international networking, and ‘one government’ approach are among the salient features of this NIPS,” dela Peña told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

He explained that a “one government” approach means different agencies would complement one another towards one goal, communicating, and not duplicating or competing with one another.

“As far as inventors are concerned, I would like to assure them that they can come to the DOST, particularly the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), if they need assistance in filing applications to IPOPHL, whether it is for patent, utility, model, or industrial design,” remarked dela Peña.

Dela Peña chaired the committee created by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) to help craft the NIPS.

In a statement released on Monday, Jan. 6, IPOPHL director-general Josephine Santiago said the NIPS is the government’s effort to accelerate development of inventions.

The NIPS focuses on empowering the creative industry, Santiago said, noting that “the current technological and business landscapes have created unprecedented levels of demand for copyright works and materials.”

In the same statement, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) secretary Ramon Lopez said his department also helped craft the NIPS, focusing on small- and medium-scale enterprises. He added that the NIPS also aims to harness IP as a driver of economic growth.

Meanwhile, according to IPOPHL, these are the strategies in the NIPS 2020-2025:

Support sectoral advancement through the use of the IP system

  • Enhance the legal and the developmental aspects of the health care and pharmaceutical industry;
  • Encourage productivity and technological systems of agricultural, animal husbandry, creativity, and innovativeness; and
  • Increase the use of the IP system by MSMEs as a tool for productivity, creativity, and innovativeness. 

Promote innovation and utilization/commercialization of IP assets

  • Improve the research and development (R&D) innovation performance;
  • Enhance the funding rationalization and operations related to government-funded agencies; and
  • Attract smart and high technology investors to set-up business in the Philippines.

Elevate the creative and cultural industries

  • Develop and nurture the growth and development of creative and cultural industries;
  • Strengthen the protection of traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions, and genetic resources; and
  • Enable access to information and knowledge on copyright and other related rights.

Enhance the legal system, institutions and structures related to intellectual property

  • Amend the current IP laws, regulations, and issuances on IP;
  • Strengthen the organizational structures to support the IP system;
  • Conduct inter-agency initiatives on IP and IP-related matters;
  • Enhance the enforcement of IP systems and procedures; and
  • Capture international cooperation related to IP and increase roles on international IP systems.

Demystify, mainstream and professionalize intellectual property

  • Develop a culture of innovation and creativity, and respect for IP through the IP Academy;
  • Integrate the IP knowledge to the educational system; and
  • Increase new knowledge on IP through academic, scientific, and advanced research and studies. — Ma. Cristina Arayata (PNA)
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