In support of the Southern Tagalog Islands Research and Development Consortium (STIRDC) Agenda for 2016, the University Intellectual Property Office (UIPO) of the Palawan State University conducted a two-day in-house training on Intellectual Property (IP) Awareness and Protection last 26-27 May 2016 at the PSU Hostel, Tiniguiban, Puerto Princesa City.

The participants were composed of deans, research coordinators, faculties and directors of the different external campuses of the university. The training aimed to educate its participants on the importance of Intellectual Property (IP) and how it can be managed well.

The training formally started with the acknowledgement of participants which was done by the Director of the UIPO, Prof. Hermenegildo P. Dela Peña. After which, Prof. Dela Peña provided an overview of the two-day training. Dr. Daphne Mallari and Ms. Mary Joy Delos Trinos of the Innovation Technology Business Incubator (ITBI), as well as the Vice President for Research and Extension Dr. Michael D. Pido, who gave the welcome remarks, were present during the two-day training. Dr. Mallari also gave the participants an insight into the purpose and services offered by the ITBI and most importantly, its relation to the functions of the UIPO.

Different topics on Intellectual Property Rights were presented by the UIPO Director and his staff. Ms. Ma. Leonora S. Marquez provided the participants with an introduction to IP with her topic on “Intellectual Property as Intangible Asset.” The next topic which was an Overview of Intellectual Property System, Copyright and Related Rights was discussed by Prof. Dela Peña. After that, participants were given time to ask questions in connection to the topics discussed.

An overview on Patent and Utility Model was then discussed to the participants by Ms. Elma A. Libiran, a researcher at the UIPO. Afterwards, Mr. Jorge Olean Misajon went on with a deeper discussion on Patent and Patent Information. He also gave the participants a feel of how Patent Search is done. The participants were again given ample time to ask questions.

On the second day of the training (27 May 2016), the participants were divided into three groups and were asked to come up with a list of potential IP assets of their respective locations/campuses. Group 1 was composed of participants from PSU Main and Cuyo campus, external campuses from the South comprised Group 2, and Group 3 was made up of the external campuses from the North. Group 1 came up with 24 potential IP assets, Group 2 had ___ potential IP assets, while 10 potential IP assets were presented by Group 3.

During this activity, two students from the College of Business and Accountancy were also given a chance to present their inventions to the group. The first invention from the CBA students was a multifunction watch called “WatchMe.” The next invention were products made from the parts of jackfruits that were often discarded or thrown away such as its seeds and wedge. These inventions were encouraged both by the UIPO and ITBI directors. Another PSU inventor, Mr. Eddie Jaranilla, who’s invention, Portable Tire Vulcanizer is currently undergoing Patent Drafting, was also given the chance to encourage participants of the training to do more researches that could lead to new IP assets. While one of PSU’s published research authors, Dr. Teresita Tajolosa, provided further inspiration to the participants for them to continue doing researches.

The two-day training ended on a positive and stronger note with participants being inspired to continue working on researches that would potentially provide further IP assets not just for themselves, but for the benefit of their campuses, their community and the country as a whole.