AFI TBI Joins IPOPHL’s Program on Appropriate Technologies
Last October 25, 2012, Ayala Foundation’s Technology Business Incubator participated
Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines’ (IPOPHL) training workshop on Appropriate Technologies and Intellectual Property held at the Tanghalang Teresita Quirino of the University of Santo Tomas. In cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this event featured the short-listed contestants for the WIPO-KIPO Competition on Innovative Solutions for Everyday Life.
Of twenty-three entries to the competition, seven were chosen for their innovations: (1) Design and Development of a Small Scale Machine for Recycling Discarded Thermoplastic into Fibre for Insulation, (2) Utilization of Woven Water Hyacinth Fiber Mat as Corrugated Composite Roof Sheets, (3) Immunomagnetic Bead Separation Kits For Detection of Human Fecal Biomarker in 10 ml Water Samples, (4) Utilization of Waste Mango Seed Husks (MSH) as Feedstock for Biomass Briquetting, (5) Biodegradable waste decomposer, (6) Water-driven Turbine Pump, and a (7) Mini-Biodiesel Plant. The top three teams who managed to use their knowledge and appropriate technology in solving problems in the Philippine society were awarded with a token and the cash prize of $500, $750, and $1250 respectively.
Atty. Andrew Michael Ong, Deputy Diretor General of IPOPHL talked about the “Promotion of Innovation through Effective Use of Intellectual Property Rights” where he pointed out that knowledge is best identified and delineated so that it can be owned, protected, valued, and transacted. Mr. Heum Jeng Kang of WIPO and Ms. Hee-jung Hong of the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) gave back-to-back talks on the successful innovation cases of KIPO and the problem-solving methodologies, inventions, and engineering design. Mr. Omar Katbi, Head of the Outreach Services Section, Communications Division of WIPO talked on “Appropriate Technology Competitions: Experience and Outcome” emphasizing how we can utilize patent information for these solutions.
Ms. Virginia Aumentado of IPOPHL and Mr. Konard Lutz Mailander of WIPO discussed how patent information serves as a reservoir of knowledge and posed a series of business questions: “Are there any gaps or white spaces i.e. areas with little patent protection, that permit business opportunities?”, “Where are the crowded areas?”, “What is the quality & value of an individual patent?”. A concluding panel session with Mr. Katbi, Atty. Ong, and Mr. Johnson Fong tackled Practical Approaches to Appropriate Technology Development and Commercialization: From the Idea to the Market. Ending with the challenge to the audience to cite problems in our society which they think can be solved by new technologies.