Archive for August, 2011
William Quiviger, Mozilla’s Global Community Manager and Marketing Team member based in Paris talkedabout MOZILLA, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the web. Mozilla represents a global community of people who sincerely believe in the power of technology to enrich people’s lives. William expounded on Mozilla’s mission in an Open Web and its dedication to keeping it free, open and accessible to all by creating great software, like the FIREFOX browser, and building movements, like DRUMBEAT that give people tools to take control of their lives on line. Although building a better Internet is an ambitious goal, Mozilla believes that it is possible when people who share their passion get involved. Anyone who cares about the web can help make it even better.
The common thread that runs throughout Mozilla is its belief that, as the most significant social and technological development of our time, the Internet is a public resource that must remain open and accessible to all. With this in mind, Mozilla efforts are ultimately driven by its mission of encouraging choice, innovation and opportunity online. Mozilla uses a highly transparent, extremely collaborative process that brings together thousands of dedicated volunteers around the world with a small staff of employees to coordinate the creation of products like the Firefox web browser with the end view of focusing a single goal: making the Internet better for everyone.
William also shared the Mozilla Reps Program codenamed ReMo designed to provide a framework and tools to empower volunteer Mozillians to become official Mozilla representatives/contributors in their country or region. ReMo’s key objective is to create a community-driven global network of official representatives whose responsibilites are to: serve as the eyes, ears and voice of Mozilla in their country or region and be a key point person for teams across all areas of the Mozilla project; promote Mozilla project and its mission; build on existing community-building efforts and programs; inform and update the Mozilla community about local news and activities and inspire, recruit and mentor new contributors. There were 5 among the participants to the K+T forum who are already certified Mozilla representatives.
Mr. Quiviger ended his presentation by informing the participants that the worldwide goal of the Mozilla ReMo program in 2011 is to recruit 500 Mozilla Representatives who in turn must recruit a total of 5,000 new Mozilla contributors by year-end 2011.
In the open-forum that followed the presentation, the participants inquired on updates from Mozilla internet and web browsing programs and also on what possible opportunities/support that Mozilla may offer to its representatives/contributors? Mr. Quiviger apprised them of Mozilla’s continuing training program for web developers and designers which is handled by the Mozilla Technical Group. In addition, he invited everyone to attend the 1st Asian Summit for Mozilla Representatives which will be held in Kuala Lumpur in November 2011. This will provide opportunity for all Asian Mozilla representatives to get together and update one another on the latest developments affecting the internet technology.
William Quiviger is a French –Filipino and was featured as the main speaker for AyalaTBI’s Kape + Teknolohiya (K+T) forum held last August 26, 2011 at the Tech Portal Conference Room at UP-AyalaLand Technohub.
In the Philippines, as with other third-world countries, innovators and start-up business entrepreneurs do not fully recognize the importance of the patent system for their inventions. Usually it is because the country lacks the technical expertise or has not engaged in a much vigilant campaign of promoting awareness to the target clientele – engineers, scientists, research & development institutions, small & medium-sized enterprises, and the likes. This year, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPhil) set out to increase the level of appreciation for the utilization of IP by partnering with different institutions and giving the necessary support and guidance.
It is in this light that Ayala Foundation under its Entrepreneurship Group will soon be considered as one of the country’s accredited Innovation & Technology Support Office (patent libraries) or ITSO for short.
What is basically encompassed by an AFI ITSO?
Its service will include patentability search, which reviews prior art in the relevant technical field to determine if an invention fulfills the requirements of novelty and inventiveness. As an ITSO, it will also provide infringement or freedom-to-operate search and analysis, which seeks to determine if a particular technology, be it an apparatus, product or process, would likely infringe any patents owned by others. Its database access will be the Thomson Innovation. We would also be offering the service of assisting inventors in the likes of preparing the patent specification wherein the description of the invention and the listing of claims are being prepared. An inventor would also be assisted as he moves forth with the patent application, whether it is a national filing or an international filing under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, which includes 143 countries.
In the years ahead, AFI ITSO may also offer various types of IP management services, including commercialization and licensing support. And as a part of our advocacy to promote the use of patent information and protection of innovation through patents, AFI ITSO would also work on the provision of skills training to increase awareness of its ITSO and promote these services to the target audience.
The AFI ITSO team comprised of the AyalaTBI staff is currently undergoing training by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), IPO Philippines and the EU assisted Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) Project.