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PHilMech conducts Foundation Course on Intellectual Property (IP)

The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization conducted the first batch of the training entitled “Foundation Course on Intellectual Property (IP)” at the PHilMech Training Hall on August 9, 2021. The Technology Management and Training Division of PHilMech spearheaded the activity.

As member of the IPOPHL-Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) network, PHilMech-ITSO will conduct six batches of the Foundation Course on Intellectual Property on Aug 9, 16, 23, September 6, 13, and 20, 2021.

The training activity aims to raise awareness on the basic information about Intellectual Property among PHilMech employees.

Ms. Helen Calica, TMTD Division Chief and Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) manager of PHilMech, said on her opening remarks, “This kind of activity is important to the agency to impart knowledge among employees on Intellectual Property Rights so that they will increase their awareness, understanding and appreciation of the IPR…In line with this, we have a project at TMTD which gives technical support services to Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) staff on the protection of their materials and PHilMech IPRs.

Meanwhile, Ms. Ma. Leidy C. Gatuz, IPRS I of IPOPHL and SMS of the training course said,“One of the main purpose of IPOPHIL is to establish a network of patent libraries.”

Ms. Gatuz considers PHilMech still on the “infancy stage” since the agency became an ITSO member only in 2019. Thus, she emphasized the need for PHilMech employees to participate in this kind of activity so that they will be aware on the different roles ITSO play in the agency.

Dr. Emelie C. Ablaza, SRS II of TMTD discussed the overview of the IP System. Ms. Ma. Leidy C. Gatuz, on the other hand, discussed the topics on Patents, Utility Models, Industrial Design, Copyrights and Trademarks.

The first batch of the training course had 18 participants, all employees of PHilMech. There were 13 (72.2%) female participants and five (27.8%) male participants.

“Thank you for conducting this kind of training. We have learned a lot from the topic. Also, I finally learned the meaning of the unfamiliar words I encountered about Intellectual Property Rights,” said one of the participants, Ms. Rosalie Feliciano, SRA of the Enterprise Development Division of PHilMech. (With report of Leo Jay Sarmiento)
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