AFI ITSO ON THE WAY!

August 17, 2011 at 2:54 am Leave a comment

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.

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