Archive for March, 2012
With the World Property Organization’s (WIPO) agenda to foster the development of appropriate, effective, and sustainable technology and innovation support services, WIPO Director, Dr. Francis Gurry, graced the launch of the Philippine network of Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSO) last March 22, 2012 at The Peninsula Manila. The High-Level Forum on Access to Global Technology event which ran from March 22-23 was spear-headed by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines for the launch of 39 ITSO Institutions, with Ayala Foundation TBI being one of them. These ITSOs or patent libraries are geared as IPOPHL’s extended institutions for the protection of IP and the development of a balanced and accessible intellectual property that will boost the Philippine economy through the safeguarding of our own innovations.
The Director General of IPOPHL, Mr. Ricardo R. Blancaflor also announced a new incentive pegged as Juan’s Thousand Inventions that will waive the patent filing and license maintenance fees for the first 1,000 innovations as a support to our Filipino investors. Mr. Blancaflor and the rest of the IP enthusiasts believes that this program will indeed encourage patent activity as well as further address the digital divide and knowledge gap within the country.
So now that Ayala Foundation TBI has been formally launched as one of the ITSOs, why not allow us to help Filipino innovators to a wide range of services that would help them benefit effectively from increased accessibility offered by internet searches through direct assistance and increase local technological base by building up local know-how.
Meeting Standards for Electronic Devices: An Update on Electromagnetic Compatibility and Interference
Electronic devices can be found everywhere, from the smallest hearing aid to the biggest trucks and airliners. These products are increasingly electronic in nature and to ensure these products work in harmony when they are in the vicinity of each other and other equipment, the design and operation of these products must meet certain standards.
Some devices transmit signals, some devices receive signals, and other devices like the cellphone, send and receive signals at the same time. The devices may also be sending or receiving signals intentionally or unintentionally, like in interference.
In all these cases, the electronic product must work properly or else they will not be marketable or worse, they can hamper the proper use and even safety of other devices and users.
Last March 2, 2012, a Kape + Teknolohiya session was organized by AyalaTBI-Ayala Foundation with the Electronics Industries Association of the Philippines, Inc. (EIAPI) on the latest in electromagnetic compatibility, electromagnetic interference and susceptibility or EMC, EMI/EMS for short, at the UP-AyalaLand TechnoHub.
Mr. ChinPoh NG from Singapore and his local counterpart Larry Mirasol both from Rohde & Schwarz, one of the vendors in this test and measurement field gave the talk attended by EIAPI members. EIAPI, Ayala Foundation and UP-AyalaLand TechnoHub are grateful to Rohde and Schwarz for sharing the insights on EMC testing and how a testing laboratory for the industry can be set up.
This event is part of EIAPI’s activities with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to set up a common product development center that will house design and development tools and equipment for electronics hardware and software development and testing. This center will help electronics companies in the Philippines design and manufacture electronic products that can pass local and international standards tests in this field.