The Department of Science and Technology calls the attention of inventors, researchers and innovators to transform their creations into tangible products designed to attend to the needs of the market. Engr. Rowen Gelonga, Department of Science and Technology 6 Director, issued the call during the closing and awarding ceremonies of the 2011 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits held last October 21, 2011. According to Gelonga, the bigger challenge lies ahead. This refers to the challenge of transforming the creations into actual products in the market. The transformation of ideas into business enterprises is needed to will build the industries from mind to market and from ideas to industries.
Based from the study mentioned by Gelonga, for every 10 research papers published by Filipino researchers, three are potentially patentable. This may lead towards new technologies that can contribute to the socio-economic development of the country if the researches are properly developed and fostered. the Intellectual Property Institute, a US-based organization, in partnership with US Patent and Trademark Office and IPO Philippines sponsored the study. The team is composed of an international group of patent experts from the Philippines, Canada and US reviewed about 1,000 papers published and presented by people from 9 Philippine-based research institutions.
Bruce Lehman, President and Chairman of the International Intellectual Property Institute said, "the Philippines is home to a creative and innovative people… but there is a failure to capture and exploit their inventions." From 2000-2010, annual research publications in the Philippines were increased by 250 percent but patent applications in the Philippines, both from the government and private sector did not change. From 2000 to 2007, there were 1,178 patent applications by local researchers and inventors from the Philippines as compared to 516 in Vietnam, which was considered the lowest among the list of 13 countries.
The list contains the following statistics: Japan with 2,1907,338 patent applications, United States of America with 1,576,028, Korea 795,043, China with 586,608, Germany with 389,821, India with 19,203, Thailand with 6,014, Singapore with 4, 821, Malaysia with 2,750 and Indonesia with 1,535.
Gelonga added that in 2009, the data had changed because Vietnam has already more patent applications by its residents compared to the Philippines. Also in the same year, the ASEAN neighbors and contemporaries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have all higher levels of patent applications than in US.
Gelonga expects that through the conduct of activities such as the RICE, inventors and researchers in the region will become more conscious to have their developed products registered with the patent office for protection. DOST and other government agencies may start to bring those inventions in the market. The region has no entries to the Invention and Industrial Design categories for the national invention contest (NIC) scheduled on July 2012 although there are entries in the RICE that could have qualified particularly in the Industrial Design category.
Meanwhile, the 2011 RICE winner and region's qualifier in the Student Creative Research for college (Sibol Award) category of NIC, Jeremy Pascual, Jr. and his teammates plan to register their entry "Microcontroller Based Electronic Load Controller with SMS Monitoring System for Stand Alone Generating Systems" with the patent office. Pascual and his team are currently 5th year Electronics and Communications Engineering students of the Central Philippine University in loilo City.
"The DOST, together with its partners commit to give assistance to researchers and inventors in order for their technologies to be commercialized," said Gelonga. [via PIA]