Patent Search and Patent Drafting Writeshops for ITSO Members in Visayas and Mindanao (Vis-Min)
September 10-14, 2018
University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R)
Contributed by: Ms. Meg Garcia-Cruz
- The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) sees the need to further encourage patent activities among members of the Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSO). In 2017, IPOPHL was able to receive 1,034 patent applications (inventions, utility models and industrial designs) from ITSO members. Although the patent filings last year has increased to 71% (1,034) from 303 patent applications in 2016, there are a lot of researches in the universities and RDIs that have not been captured and applied for patent application. The January-June 2018 Accomplishment Reports submitted by ITSO members revealed that ITSOs have considerable number of invention disclosures from their inventors/researchers and some of these invention disclosures have potential to be filed for patent.
- There is a need to push our ITSOs to file patent applications and encourage them to commercialize the technologies generated from their research outputs. This is in line with the Mind to Market (M2M) program of the IPOPHL which is geared towards enabling intellectual property (IP)/technology developers to commercialize their IPs. Hence, the series of Patent Search and Patent Drafting Writeshops will be conducted once again this year.
- The Patent Search and Patent Drafting Writeshops will be conducted in Manila and Cebu City and will be participated in by members of the ITSOs from Luzon-NCR and Visayas-Mindanao (Vis-Min), respectively. There will be two (2) Writeshops to be conducted in each cluster (i.e. 2 in Manila for Luzon-NCR ITSO members and 2 in Cebu for the Vis-Min ITSO members).
- The first schedule of the aforementioned Writeshops was conducted from September 10-14, 2018 at the University of San Jose-Recoletos Basak Campus, Cebu City.
The Patent Search Writeshop was conducted for two days from September 10-11, 2014 while the Patent Drafting Writeshop was held for three days from September 12-14, 2018.
- The participants were required to bring at least one (1) technology for patent (invention, utility model or industrial design) filing to be drafted and eventually filed with IPOPHL at the end of the Writeshops.
- Prior to the conduct of said Writeshops, IP audits were conducted by target ITSO members and abstracts of their inventions were submitted to IPOPHL for initial conduct of prior art search by the IP Search and Documentation Division (IPSDD) to determine the patentability of the research outputs of ITSOs.
1. To enable participants to effectively protect their IPRs through the efficient preparation of patent specifications and claims; and
2. To increase the number of IP-knowledgeable people in the universities who will-be able to cater to the needs of their community.
Summary of the event:
- The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), in cooperation with the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) conducted the “Patent Search and Patent Drafting Writeshops” from September 10-14,2018 at the USJ-R Basak Campus in Cebu City.
- USJ-R, being one of the pioneer ITSO members of the IPOPHL, was the venue host for the aforementioned activity.
- The Opening Ceremony of the activity was graced by Rev. Fr. Christopher C. Maspara, OAR, President of USJ-R. He delivered his welcome message for the ITSO participants from Visayas and Mindanao. In his welcome message, Rev. Fr. Maspara emphasized the importance of protecting intellectual property rights and the need to commercialize them to contribute to the economic development of country.
- The resource persons of the event are from the IP Search and Documentation Division (IPSDD) of the Documentation, Information and Technology Transfer Bureau (DITTB) and from the Chemical Technology Examining Division, Utility Model Examining Division and Electrical and Electronics Engineering Examining Division of the Bureau of Patents of IPOPHL. (Please see attached program for your reference).
- The event was participated by more than 40 participants (ITSO personnel, faculty and researchers) from 13 ITSO institutions from Visayas and Mindanao, namely, (1) Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), (2) Caraga State University (CSU), (3) Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U), (4) Eastern Samar State University (ESSU), (5) Samar State University (SSU), (6) University of Eastern Philippines (UEP), (7) University of Mindanao (UM), (8) University of the Philippines Cebu (UPC), (9) University of the Visayas (UV), (10) University of San Agustin (USA), (11) University of San Carlos (USC), (12) University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R), and (13) Visayas State University (VSU).
- At the end of the Writeshops, IPOPHL was able to generate 23 IP filings from the above-mentioned ITSO members.
The Story of Raquel F. Dumayas, Lady Inventor
By Rioliza Molina and Rosfe Badoy
In a world where majority of rules and norms are created by men themselves, sometimes being a woman is difficult. Although pluralistic by nature and thus, governed by multiple world views and philosophies, this society and its rules do not always favor women. However, in every generation, there’s a woman or a group of women who push the boundary, break the norms and champion equality. For instance, Joan of Arc, whose life was spent leading armies and carrying banners, proved that women can triumph amidst a war created by men. Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, defied the expectation that a woman must be married to a man as this would complete her womanhood, as if marriage was a woman’s responsibility. To protect her reign, she vowed not to marry any man and went down as one of the most successful rulers in all of old England. Going forward, a woman of color helped NASA launched its first astronaut in space. Katherine Johnson and two (2) other women of color were key contributors to NASA’s space race successes in the 60’s and 70’s. The Philippines, at the same time, has had its fair share of triumphant women who have championed gender equality and empowerment. Maria Rosa Henson brought about a societal awakening towards comfort women during the Japanese invasion. Timely and relevant, Henson’s literary works which contained her life experiences as a comfort woman touched hundreds of lives and inspired women to always fight for themselves because no one would do it for them.
A woman, given the opportunity and freedom, can change anything she touches or stumbles upon her path. She can take an object and transform it as if it were the most precious thing in the planet. And that’s exactly what a particular Filipina did when she was given that opportunity. Just like other women who have championed self-efficacy and empowerment, she has faced challenges and jumped around hurdles after hurdles, but everything started paying off in the end. Meet Raquel F. Dumayas, a lady inventor.
Raquel F. Dumayas, a technology instructor from General Santos, proved everyone that women are problem-solvers, innovative and most importantly, relevant in the world of industrial technology. She invented a device called “A Snap-on Hand-Type Pinch-Off Tool.” This invention was developed to help women working in the refrigeration and air-conditioning servicing industry, an up and coming industry that is male-dominated. This device helps women perform tasks originally for men in the most convenient ways.
The device, which started off as a prototype, was developed to provide solution to the difficulty in executing pinching operations where pressure tight seal is required. It also eliminates gender problems especially that the technologies used in this industry can only be used by men as they require enormous strength that majority of women do not possess. However, the birth of this invention gives women the opportunity to perform pinching really fast, sometimes even faster than men can. In addition, this device doesn’t just help women in general but also gives opportunity for persons with disabilities and men who aren’t physically strong.
Raquel in action
The inventor, Raquel, has been teaching in Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) - General Santos National School of Arts and Trades for 13 years and she’s seen it all – the struggles of women in using devices that are originally created for men, the stereotypes and discriminations against women in this industry, and so she thought, “How do we solve this problem? How do we eliminate the struggles and make things easier not just for women but also for people with disabilities?” The Snap-on Hand-Type Pinch-Off Tool then was born.
Raquel was born in a small, laid-back town of Asuncion in Davao del Norte and was educated in public schools during her primary and secondary education. She then went to Davao City and got herself a degree in Technology Teacher Education at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), a state university situated at the heart of the city. Raquel also finished her Masters of Vocational Education at the same university in the pursuit to widen her scope of knowledge. It was during this period that she pursued her invention as it was the subject of her thesis.
For more than a decade of being an instructor in refrigeration and air-conditioning technology, she was a witness of how unfair the industry could be for women and to those who aren’t in power. In fact, she experienced that herself when her invention didn’t get the credit it badly deserved because nobody understood what it was and what it was for.
The same institution she was working for had a program which recognized innovations and inventions and she, being under the same roof, had hoped for recognition for her brainchild, but that glory was denied to her simply because the people she presented the invention to could not understand how it worked and didn’t realize the potential this device has. It disheartened her but it didn’t make her quit.
Like a wounded soldier in the middle of a war, she stood her ground and continued fighting for it. If there’s one thing Raquel was, it would be a persistent woodpecker – unstoppable and industrious, patient and smart. She didn’t give up without putting up a fair fight. And in the end, she succeeded. Now, TESDA has recognized the greatness this device entails. It has finally understood its nature and how impactful it could be most especially to women. In fact, her co-instructors and students who are women as well are using the device in their instructions and activities.
Muhammad Ali once said that with faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that one cannot achieve. On the same note, the greatest things about Raquel and her invention are that it is utilitarian and it was born out of selfless devotion towards the inventor’s work. She created it not because she wanted the glory for herself, or so she could gain anything from it, monetary or any other form. She just wanted to help – help make things easier for women, empower them and inspire them to do greater in their profession.
The next move for Raquel according to her was to commercialize her invention. Now that she has mastered the prototype, she is working on making the device smaller and lighter as the present model is a little heavy and enormous in size. She has been in touch with her alma mater, USeP, through the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Division (KTTD), which expressed its willingness to help Raquel take things to the next level. Ultimately, Raquel aims to bring this invention to a bigger audience where more women can utilize it.
Raquel Dumayas isn’t a fearless army leader just like Joan of Arc. She isn’t a royal-blooded woman who ruled an entire empire like Queen Elizabeth I and neither is she as ridiculously smart as Katherine Johnson who was a human computer at NASA. She isn’t any of those women, but she is of her own character and spirit. She is of her own selfless affliction towards work. In spite of all these differences, these women share something in common – they are all women who conquered boundaries brought about by gender. They broke the wall of indifference, not to glorify themselves but to bring glory to the people around them. Raquel, in a nutshell, made the lives of other women in her industry easier and better. She glorified not just her job but also the women that she works with.
Raquel with her students
It is true that it could be difficult to be a woman in this man’s world. But women like Raquel make it easier for other women to create a world that views all genders as equal. (RMolina/RBadoy)
University of Southeastern Philippines – Research, Development & Extension Office – Knowledge and Technology Transfer Division
149 technologies for possible Patent/UM/ID registrations and 22 research works for copyright registrations are still on process.