PROTECTING IP ASSETS:  GOVT  OPENS  IP  RESEARCH,  TRAINING  INSTITUTE

MANILA,
JUNE 8, 2007
 (STAR) By Helen M. Flores - Recognizing the significant contribution of intellectual resources in economic development, the government inaugurated yesterday the first Intellectual Property Research and Training Institute (IPRTI) in the country to protect the IP assets of Filipinos.

The IPRTI research and training arm of the IP Philippines, “is envisioned to be the center of intellectual property education in the country and in Southeast Asia,” IP Philippines Director General Adrian Cristobal Jr. said.

“Education is one of the drivers of national development. Integrating intellectual property education in the consciousness of Filipinos will help foster a creative Philippines that uses IP as a strategic tool for national development,” Cristobal said, adding that the IPRTI intends to raise the level of awareness on IP.

“When IP generators – scientists, inventors, members of the academe, business owners, artists and those in the creative industries – are informed of their rights, they protect and benefit from their creations,” he said.

“A country that promotes the use, protection and enforcement of IP will attract more investments and create more jobs. Beyond the economic benefits of IP, however, a high level of IP consciousness will help instill pride in our cultural heritage and in the creative genius of Filipinos.”

The course offerings are designed for academic and research development institutions; business owners of small and medium-size enterprises; IP rights holders (scientists, inventors, and artists); IP professionals (patent and trademark agents and officials involved in IP utilization, protection and enforcement) and students from all levels.

Cristobal said the inauguration of the IPRTI forms part of the 10th year anniversary celebration of the passage of Republic Act 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, which created IP Philippines.

Cristobal said the institute aims to educate Filipinos on how to protect their IP assets “to create wealth not only for themselves but for the society.”

The institute’s significant role is creating public awareness on IP with the growing demand for training and education on IP across all sectors of our society,” he said.

“This challenge is making use of IP education training research to make the IP system relevant to the daily lives of Filipinos.”


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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