Patent Libray of PhilRice Philippines
The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) will set up patent libraries in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu this year.
This came as the PhilRice and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IP Philippines) have recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to encourage more innovation in rice science and development.
Jerry C. Serapion, in-charge of PhilRice’s Intellectual Property Management, said the agreement was forged to educate researchers on global scientific and technology information and facilitate access on patent database through an Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) or patent library.
ITSOs, or patent libraries, are IP Philippines` flagship project, which will be established in areas and institutions with “high potential for patent activity, such as usage of patent information, filing of patents, and commercialization of patented inventions.”
Serapion said hosting ITSO would strengthen PhilRice’s intellectual property management activities that the Institute started to implement since 2004.
“Among the PhilRice-based ITSO functions include providing skills training in patent searching, conducting patent search services, and organizing a community of experts and patent information users,” Serapion said.
In 2011, PhilRice`s patent application for a mechanical device for cleaning machine seeds was granted until 2025.
PhilRice also has 10 pending patent applications, in which four are machines, and six, methods and processes.
A Plant Variety Protection for Mestiso 19 and Mestiso 20 were granted while 22 knowledge products were deposited at the National Library and were given with Certificate of Copyright Registration and Deposit.