Visayas selects entries to National Inventors Week
“Publish, Protect and Profit,” DG urges Visayan Scientists
By Atty. Sara Jane A. Suguitan
ILOILO CITY, Philippines – Intellectual Property Philippines (IP Phils.) Director General (DG)Ricardo R. Blancaflor graced the opening ceremony of the 2010 Visayas Island Invention Contestsand Exhibits (VIICE 2010) last August 12.Over 80 scientists and inventors from Regions 6, 7 and 8 joined the contest.“The Visayas Island invention contest is an elimination/qualifying round for the National InventionContest in November,” according to Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 6Director Rowen Gelonga. Region 6 hosted the event, in collaboration with DOST Regions 7 and 8.“Today’s theme, ‘Filipino Inventions and Innovations: the Way Forward,’ stands true for our time,”said IP Phils.’ Atty. Blancaflor.“From the creation of an idea, the next step is to protect that idea from unauthorized use or outrighttheft. After protection, commercialization follows,” Atty. Blancaflor said.
Technology Transfer Made Easy
Atty. Blancaflor pointed out that with the passage of the Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009,“The transfer of technology or knowledge from the research laboratory to the market will be easilyfacilitated. New technologies developed in research laboratories can now be easily commercializedand used by the Filipino public.”
Atty. Ricardo R. Blancaflor (
), Director General of IP Philippines, delivered the keynote speech in the2010 Visayas Island Invention Contest last August 12. Over 80 scientists joined the contest. (Photo byAtty. Leny B. Raz)