Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSO) conducted a two-day seminar/workshop on the Foundation Course on Intellectual Property (IP) last March 7-8 at the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology.
The seminar, which is the first in a series of seminars and workshops to be conducted by ITSO this year, oriented the participants from ITSO-member institutions on the basics of IP.
Atty. Ricardo R. Blancaflor, Director General of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPhil), served as keynote speaker and talked about the relevance of IP in the academe.
Topics and resource speakers during the seminar were: Answering the Questions on Copyright, Ms. Carmen G. Peralta; Answering the Questions on Trademarks, Atty. Leny B. Raz; Answering the Questions on Patents, Engr. Epifanio Rey M. Evasco; Overview of Patent Information, Engr. Virginia F. Aumentado; and A Hundred Questions on IP, Mr. Dancel Arcel P. Hernandez. The seminar was capped off by a panel discussion on the topic The Case of the Missing Brain: An IP Case Study.
During the seminar, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between IPOPhil and Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) was signed establishing an ITSO network in the agency.
ITSO networks within institutions aim to strengthen local institutional capacity to access patent information and use the patent system. The WVCST is one of the six original host institutions of ITSO in the country. It is managed by Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut with Dr. Richard De Leon and additional staff members.