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Young inventors from UP Diliman compete in PCCI Alfredo M. Yao IP Awards 2014

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

The undergraduate thesis of University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Civil Engineering alumni qualified for the coveted Alfredo M. Yao Intellectual Property (AMY IP) Awards 2014, with co-inventors Kent Renier Carandang and Rhey Joseph Daway delivering their final presentations last 29 September 2014 at the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) office in Taguig. The National Award eventually went to UP Manila faculty and researcher, Dr. Jose B. Nevado Jr., who developed a novel naturally-derived composition from endogenous plants with anti-inflammatory and anti-diarrheal applications.

Rhey Joseph Daway and Kent Renier Carandang, UP Diliman Civil Engineering alumni and inventors, at the finals of the PCCI Alfredo M. Yao IP Awards last 29 September 2014. OVCRD file photo.

Rhey Joseph Daway and Kent Renier Carandang, UP Diliman Civil Engineering alumni and inventors, at the finals of the PCCI Alfredo M. Yao IP Awards last 29 September 2014. OVCRD file photo.

The UP Diliman team presented Gaia Dam, which Mr. Carandang and Mr. Daway developed with fellow student, Ralph John Barte, under the supervision of their advisers, Prof. Mark Albert Zarco and Prof. Leonardo Liongson. Gaia Dam is an earth material gabion-type low dam that utilizes a specialized, eco-friendly core material designed for irrigation systems. Its innovative design provides stability against water forces while providing enzymes and acids that can help increase agricultural productivity, improving the yield of farmers.

Inventors Kent Renier Carandang and Rhey Joseph Daway, with their advisers Dr. Leonardo Liongson and Dr. Mark Albert Zarco, with the Gaia Dam prototype built at the UP Diliman Lagoon. Photo courtesy of Kent Carandang and Rhey Daway.

Inventors Kent Renier Carandang and Rhey Joseph Daway, with their advisers Dr. Leonardo Liongson and Dr. Mark Albert Zarco, with the Gaia Dam prototype built at the UP Diliman Lagoon. Photo courtesy of Kent Carandang and Rhey Daway.

 

Mr. Carandang and Mr. Daway have been pursuing the patent application and commercialization of their invention by taking part in start-up competitions. For their patent application, they enlisted the assistance of the IP and Technology Transfer Unit of the UP Diliman Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD).

The AMY IP Awards is an annual competition organized by the PCCI in cooperation with the IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) to promote appreciation and application of locally-developed technologies. The competition aims to recognize inventors who contribute to the development of highly innovative technologies that are socially beneficial and sustainable. Nominations are screened prior to the final judging based on uniqueness and originality, readiness for commercialization, and impact and benefits to society. The finalists of the AMY IP Awards 2014 were recognized during the 40th Philippine Business Conference and Expo last 22 October 2014 at the Manila Hotel.

Rhey Joseph Daway and Kent Reinier Carandang with PCCI and IPOPHL officials. Finalists of PCCI’s Alfredo M. Yao IP Awards 2014 were recognized during the 40th Philippine Business Conference and Expo last 22 October 2014 at the Manila Hotel. Photo courtesy of Kent Carandang.

Rhey Joseph Daway and Kent Reinier Carandang with PCCI and IPOPHL officials. Finalists of PCCI’s Alfredo M. Yao IP Awards 2014 were recognized during the 40th Philippine Business Conference and Expo last 22 October 2014 at the Manila Hotel. Photo courtesy of Kent Carandang.

Gaia Dam won numerous awards prior to becoming a finalist in the AMY IP Awards 2014 (2nd Place – UP Diliman College of Engineering Undergraduate Project Competition 2013; 2nd Place – IdeaSpace Adamson Bootcamp; and 1st Place – UP Diliman Engineering Innovations Congress) and was presented and exhibited during the Sustainable Building International Conference 2014; the 2014 National Science and Technology Week organized by the Department of Science and Technology; TechInnovation 2014 organized by the Intellectual Property Intermediary in Singapore; and the October 2014 Paliwanagan sa UP Diliman Colloquium organized by OVCRD.

With the interest that Gaia Dam continues to generate from different sectors, the young inventors are hopeful that their homegrown technology will soon be deployed for the benefit of the public.

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES exhibits groundbreaking researches in Singapore

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

Team UP at TECHINNOVATION 2014 (L-R): Ace C. Acosta (UPD), Agnes May B. Bantigue (UPD), Perrose L. Comendador (UPLB), Dr. Gonzalo A. Campoamor II (UPD, OVCRD-RDUO Director)

Team UP at TECHINNOVATION 2014 (L-R): Ace C. Acosta (UPD), Agnes May B. Bantigue (UPD), Perrose L. Comendador (UPLB), Dr. Gonzalo A. Campoamor II (UPD, OVCRD-RDUO Director)

The University of the Philippines (UP) exhibited six of its groundbreaking researches at TECHINNOVATION 2014 last 23 to 24 September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The event, which was organized by Intellectual Property Intermediary Singapore (IPI), served as a technology marketplace where businesses and R&D institutions (RDIs) connect for the purpose of collaboration and technology transfer. Universities from all over Asia also participated as exhibitors of TECHINNOVATION 2014, and UP, represented by Dr. Gonzalo A. Campoamor II (UPD OVCRD-RDUO Director), Ace C. Acosta (UPD OVCRD-RDUO), Agnes May B. Bantigue (UPD OVCRD-RDUO), and Perrose L. Comendador (UPLB CTTE), along with Adamson University, were the only exhibitors from the Philippines. More than a thousand delegates, mostly from the commercial, government, and R&D sector, from all over the world visited the trade fair.

IPI, which organizes the TECHINNOVATION every year, is a non-profit organization under the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry committed to assisting industries in finding the technologies that meet their innovation needs, and assisting RDIs in finding industries willing to adopt and improve their technologies. Through intermediaries such as IPI, technologies are able to complete the full technology transfer cycle, enabling RDIs to deploy their innovations in the public for use and consumption. Aside from showing the current offerings in the R&D sector, the event was also able to show partners and delegates alike what industries need in growing their operations.

The UP Booth at TechInnovation 2014

The UP Booth at TechInnovation 2014

A total of twelve Intellectual Properties (IPs) from UP Diliman, through the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD), and UP Los Baños, through the Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship (CTTE), were included in IPI’s Technology Portal (an online Technology Marketplace), while six were exhibited during the technology-matching event. Universities and commercial businesses alike showed interest in adopting the UP technologies and the team was able to accommodate initial questions regarding the IPs through one-on-one meetings during the event. But the work does not end there for Team UP, for they still have a lot to deliver to the interested parties when they return to the country.

The participation is a technology transfer initiative of the UPD-OVCRD, in cooperation with the UP Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO) and UPLB-CTTE, and with support from the Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs Office of International Linkages (OVPAA-OIL). By participating in events like this, the OVCRD and other UP Technology Transfer Offices hope to emphasize that UP not only produces groundbreaking researches, but that the University also aims to deploy them for the benefit of the general public. With the looming implementation of the ASEAN Integration in 2015, participation in trade fairs, not just locally but also internationally, should be given importance to be able to promote UP technologies for deployment.

Paliwanagan sa UP Diliman on 3 October 2014

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UP Diliman supports the 12th Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) 2014

For further details and schedule of activities/fora, visit http://dprm.pids.gov.ph/.

DPRM 2014

OVCRD Kicks Off Campaign on Intellectual Property Protection in UP Diliman

Series of IP talks initially slated in College of Engineering on 18 Aug, 30 Sept

By Agnes May B. Bantigue and Karen N. Azupardo

Beginning the first semester of academic year 2014-2015, the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD), through its Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology Transfer Team, is spearheading an IP Protection Awareness Campaign in the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman.

The IP and Technology Transfer Team will hold a series of talks for students and faculty beginning 18 August 2014 initially for the Department of Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering (DMMME). The Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) Consortium of the College of Engineering will also be holding an IP orientation session for faculty, students, and research, extension and professional staff (REPS) set on 30 September.

Innovation and research outputs play a central role in sustained social and economic development as proven by current global economic trends that have become increasingly knowledge-based. As national university mandated to serve as a research university by conducting and promoting R&D and disseminating knowledge, UP therefore can be among the key institutions that would propel the country to lead the ranks of knowledge-based economies.

Yet despite the valuable research and creative works in the University, there is very little knowledge about IP and IP protection among faculty, researchers, and students. Based on low number of invention and creation disclosures to the OVCRD every year, majority are unaware of the importance of obtaining IP Rights. Many are unaware that without IP protection, outputs are vulnerable to exploitation by other parties. Pharmaceutical companies can patent published research on a new medicine for themselves, or commercial firms can use photos uploaded on the web for their own economic gains.

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The Campaign seeks to introduce faculty, researchers, and students to the idea of IP and the benefits of obtaining IP Rights. It also encourages the entire UP Diliman community to consult or seek assistance from the IP and Technology Transfer Team under the Technology Transfer Program of the OVCRD.

OVCRD believes that through the Campaign, constituents of the university will become more aware of their rights and proactively avail the free IP services provided by the Office. These services include IP registration, patent search and patent search training, market study and assistance in commercialization.

Started in 2007, the Technology Transfer Program is the main mechanism through which the University facilitates the protection and deployment of its research and creative outputs. The IP and Technology Transfer Team of OVCRD also assists researchers and creative professionals in the development, protection, licensing, patenting, and marketing and commercialization of their works.

To know more about the Campaign, please refer to Memorandum No. FRN 14-006 Intellectual Property Protection Awareness Campaign and to updates via Facebook at www.facebook.com/IPtechtransfer.upd and @IPtechtrans_UPD on Twitter.

To request for a schedule of orientation in your department/office, contact Paul Natividad of the IP and Technology Transfer Team through telephone number 981-8500 loc. 8763 or e-mail address paulnatividad91@gmail.com

 

UP Diliman Showcases Groundbreaking Research and Creative Work in DOST’s National Science and Technology Week 2014

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A milestone in technology transfer: UP Diliman launches CoaTiN®, the first and only local TiN coating technology to serve commercial sector

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, through the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD), successfully launched the country’s first and only facility for CoaTiN®, a technology invented by noted researcher and Physics professor Dr. Henry J. Ramos, on 2 April 2014. The ceremony was held at the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) in Bicutan, Taguig City.

The CoaTiN® facility and technology team (from left): Engineer Erwin Abergas (ASET), Ms. Michelle Villamayor (NIP), Mr. Henry Lee (NIP), Dr. Henry Ramos (Inventor), Mr. Marcedon Fernandez (NIP). (OVCRD file photo)

The CoaTiN® facility and technology team (from left): Engineer Erwin Abergas (ASET), Ms. Michelle Villamayor (NIP), Mr. Henry Lee (NIP), Dr. Henry Ramos (Inventor), Mr. Marcedon Fernandez (NIP). (OVCRD file photo)

CoaTiN® or “Titanium Nitride Thin Film Formation on Metal Substrate by Chemical Vapor Deposition in a Magnetized Sheet Plasma” applies an innovative technique in coating tools with Titanium Nitride (TiN). This type of coating has numerous advantages over those currently available in the local market, including enhancing durability and prolonging tool life.

With the opening of the first CoaTiN® facility in the Philippines, local industries, which outsourced their coating operations abroad, can now save millions in costs. The invention has been granted patents in different countries, such as the Philippines, United States, Germany, Japan and Malaysia.

Dr. Ramos’ research was funded by the University and the former Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development (PCASTRD), now known as PCIEERD or Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development. With assistance from the same agency, Dr. Ramos, supported by the OVCRD, began a collaboration with the Asian Semiconductor and Electronics Technology (ASET) Corporation for the market validation and prototyping of CoaTiN® for eventual commercial release.

Dr. Ramos addressed questions from the media during the press conference. He discussed the technology together with Engineers Alfonso Azurin (ASET President), Jun Mariano (ASET Executive Vice President) and Raul Sabularse (DOST-PCIEERD Deputy Executive Director), Dr. Luis Sison (former UP Diliman Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development), and Atty. Marcia Ruth Gabriela Fernandez (former Program Development Associate of the OVCRD).

The audience became aware of the significance of the technology to local industries, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Dr. Ramos and his research and industry partners emphasized that since local industry players outsource their coating processes, the launch of the CoaTiN® facility will generate significant savings for them. This will lead to the more efficient use of their working capital, with the cost-cutting impact also benefiting SMEs.

In the market validation phase, the CoaTiN® products immediately received positive feedback from big players in various industries, according to Engr. Mariano, Executive Vice President of ASET Corporation.

Dr. Henry J. Ramos addresses the media during a press conference at the MIRDC Compound in Bicutan, Taguig City.  (OVCRD file photo)

Dr. Henry J. Ramos addresses the media during a press conference at the MIRDC Compound in Bicutan, Taguig City.
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The ribbon-cutting and ceremonial testing were held at the new CoaTiN® facility in the MIRDC Compound. The program was spearheaded by Raul Sabularse, Deputy Executive Director of DOST-PCIEERD (in the absence of Executive Director Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara) and UP Diliman Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development Dr. Benito M. Pacheco.

Dr. Violeda Umali, Director of the Research Dissemination and Utilization Office of OVCRD formally introduced Dr. Ramos. After a brief overview on CoaTiN®, Dr. Ramos, Vice-Chancellor Pacheco, and Engineers Sabularse and Azurin officiated the ribbon-cutting.

Following the launch, ASET President Engr. Alfonso Azurin and DOST Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) Division Manager Mr. Jovi Gonzales (for Director Engr. Edgar Garcia), gave their congratulatory messages.

Industry leaders, including officials of the Semiconductor and Electronics Institute of the Philippines Inc. (SEIPI), Mr. Arthur Tan (Chairman) and Mr. Danilo Lachica (President), were also in attendance.

PCIEERD officials and valued partners from other agencies such as Atty. Ricardo Blancaflor, Director-General of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and representatives from Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia, the law firm handling the patent maintenance and applications of CoaTiN®, were present during the Launch.

Dr. Benito Pacheco (UP Diliman Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development), Engr. Alfonso Azurin (President, ASET Corp.), Dr. Henry Ramos (Inventor), and Engr. Raul Sabularse (Deputy Executive Director, PCIEERD) lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the launch of CoaTiN® on 2 April 2014 at the CoaTiN® Facility site in Taguig City. (OVCRD file photo)

Dr. Benito Pacheco (UP Diliman Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development), Engr. Alfonso Azurin (President, ASET Corp.), Dr. Henry Ramos (Inventor), and Engr. Raul Sabularse (Deputy Executive Director, PCIEERD) lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the launch of CoaTiN® on 2 April 2014 at the CoaTiN® Facility site in Taguig City. (OVCRD file photo)

With the official launch of CoaTiN®, Dr. Ramos, the University, and their partners hope to have positive impact not only on the local semiconductor and related industries, but also the Philippine economy as a whole.

The launch of CoaTiN® is a momentous milestone in OVCRD’s technology transfer initiative to assist researchers and creative workers of the University in the protection, deployment and commercialization of their works. One of the very first inventions assisted by the Office, CoaTiN® and its commercialization is a partnership of many firsts for the University, which started back in 2000, underscoring the long – and typically tedious and painful – process of technology commercialization.

OVCRD hosts roundtable on IP commercialization: Visiting scientist talks about taking technology from lab to market

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

The Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) successfully conducted its Roundtable Discussion (RTD) on Intellectual Property (IP) Commercialization on 25 March 2014 at the OVCRD Conference Room in the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman.

The roundtable was initiated to support the University and its constituents in the deployment or commercialization of inventions, technologies, and creations. Dr. Gonzalo “Al” L. Serafica, a highly sought-after consultant for technology commercialization in several universities and institutions, served as the resource speaker. The UP System Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO) also participated in the discussion.

Dr. Serafica received his Doctorate of Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York. In 1996, he co-founded Xylos Corporation and was Vice President for IP and Technology until 2012. Xylos is venture capital-backed company that utilized US$25 million in developing various microbial cellulose-derived medical devices.

With over 20 years experience on technology utilization and commercialization, Dr. Serafica is currently on an extended stay in the Philippines to help scientists and engineers on bringing their technologies to market and expanding their IP.

Dr. Serafica holds 10 U.S. granted patents and 20 internationally granted patents. He obtained 5th place in the November 1988 Chemical Engineer Licensure Examination.

Participants gained insights from inventors and creators who have had varying levels of experiences and expertise in fields as biology, food technology, marine science, and industrial design.

Participants gained insights from inventors and creators who have had varying levels of experiences and expertise in fields as biology, food technology, marine science, and industrial design.

Dr. Serafica stressed that IP commercialization takes time and that key to successfully transferring an IP to the commercial sector is finding the right people. “You can’t innovate in a vacuum. You can’t do it all,” he said. Aside from finding key industry partners and venture capitalists, collaborative research agreements are also essential to further improving technologies.

“Realize what you are capable of, and pass it on. We have our own priorities.” For Dr. Serafica, the best way to learn about the technology transfer process is to build a team with diverse expertise who will technology through all the phases.

The respected scientist and businessman shed light on the perspective of investors: “When people give you money, they want something in return,” he explained. “The moment you raise venture capital, it is no longer you who is in control.”

Inventors also must understand what the investors will have to go through, according to Dr. Serafica. But once an inventor raises venture capital, “your technology is proven to work,” he said.

OVCRD roundtable participants learn more about effectively bringing IP to the market. Photo shows (from left), seated: Atty. Elizabeth Pulumbarit (UP-TTBDO), resource speaker Dr. Gonzalo Serafica, Dr. Violeda A. Umali (Director, RDUO-OVCRD); standing: Agnes Bantigue (OVCRD), Sarah Penir (OVCRD), Paul Natividad (OVCRD), Prof. Rita Gudiño (CFA), Rhey Daway (ICE), Kent Carandang (ICE), Karen Hipol (UP-TTBDO), Dr. Anacleto Argayosa (IB), Dr. Patricia Azanza (CHE), Cedrik Gayares (UP-TTBDO), Ace Acosta (OVCRD), Davin Adao (IB, representative of Dr. Windell Rivera).

OVCRD roundtable participants learn more about effectively bringing IP to the market. Photo shows (from left), seated: Atty. Elizabeth Pulumbarit (UP-TTBDO), resource speaker Dr. Gonzalo Serafica, Dr. Violeda A. Umali (Director, RDUO-OVCRD); standing: Agnes Bantigue (OVCRD), Sarah Penir (OVCRD), Paul Natividad (OVCRD), Prof. Rita Gudiño (CFA), Rhey Daway (ICE), Kent Carandang (ICE), Karen Hipol (UP-TTBDO), Dr. Anacleto Argayosa (IB), Dr. Patricia Azanza (CHE), Cedrik Gayares (UP-TTBDO), Ace Acosta (OVCRD), Davin Adao (IB, representative of Dr. Windell Rivera).

During the event, OVCRD also unveiled UP Diliman’s IP Prospectus, which provides interested sectors and the general public a quick overview of registered (as of January 2014) inventions, technologies, and creations of the University being managed by the OVCRD. The production of the Prospectus is another initiative of the Office for accelerating its IP and Technology Transfer Program.

With the success of the IP commercialization roundtable with inventors and creators, the OVCRD intends to pursue similar discussions with a broader audience that includes industry experts.

OVCRD’s End of Term Report

OVCRD’s End of Term Report presented in the 2014 Convocation at the UP Theater. To view the full report, please click the image below.

To view the video coverage of Vice-Chancellor Benito M. Pacheco’s presentation during the 2014 Convocation, please click here.

UP Diliman has two Newly-Registered Patent Agents

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

Two faculty members of the University of the Philippines Diliman have passed the latest Patent Agent Qualifying Examination (PAQE) administered by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). They are Dr. Benito M. Pacheco, Professor of Civil Engineering and current Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development, and Atty. Marcia Ruth Gabriela P. Fernandez, Assistant Professor of Sociology. They are UP Diliman’s first patent agents. Their names will enter into the Registry of Patent Agents of IPOPHL.

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Vice-Chancellor Benito M. Pacheco. OVCRD file photo.

Prior to holding his position as Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development, Dr. Pacheco served as the director of UP Diliman’s Institute of Civil Engineering. He is a registered Civil, Structural, and Professional Engineer in the Philippines, New York, ASEAN, and APEC. He graduated cum laude from UP Diliman with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1980, and obtained his MS in Civil Engineering in 1984. He earned his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1987. As Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development, Dr. Pacheco is also the current Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) Manager of UP Diliman.

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Atty. Marcia Ruth Gabriela Fernandez. Photo courtesy of UP Diliman Information Office.

Atty. Fernandez served as a Program Development Associate of the UP Diliman Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) from 2004 to 2013. She also served as a consultant for IPOPHL and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Atty. Fernandez graduated magna cum laude with a degree in AB Sociology in 1994 from UP Diliman, where she also obtained a degree in Law in 1998, placing 9th in her class. She was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1999.

To become a patent agent, one should first undergo an intensive training consisting of modules on foundations of intellectual property (IP), patent search and documentation, substantive examination procedure, and patent drafting. This training is conducted by the IPOPHL in collaboration with the European Patent Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Given their extensive knowledge of the patent system, patent agents are crucial in the technology transfer process especially in terms of assisting inventors in the drafting, filing and prosecution of their patent applications.

A total of 22 examinees passed the 2013 PAQE. Aside from joining the IPOPHL Registry, Dr. Pacheco and Atty. Fernandez will also be recommended for appointment as University Patent Agents.

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