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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.
(OVCRD file photo)

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.

EXTN FRIDAY 02 MAY 2014: Call for Creative Work/ Research Proposals 2014

NOTE: Click here for PDF version of the memo.

Memo 14-006

Is UP Diliman green?

DERP

The College of Mass Communication is celebrating its anniversary this month. For which, each of the five departments of the college are preparing programs for the Mass Communication Week (March 10-14, 2014).  For its part, the Communication Research Department is holding a public presentation of the research results of project titled, “Incentives VS. Disincentives for Going Green: Is UP Diliman ready for environment-friendly programs and services?”

The project, made possible through the Source of Solutions (SOS) Grants of the UP Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development, investigates the possibilities of implementing environment-friendly programs within the university and covers three major sectors in the campus, namely, the academic sector, health sector, and community. This grant provides funding which supports commissioned research or creative work on results-oriented projects or programs, open innovation solutions, or front-end ideation to R&D addressing immediate challenges and pressing concerns of/in UP Diliman[1].

Members of the aforementioned sectors as well as other stakeholders are all invited to attend. The public presentation will be held at the College of Mass Communication Auditorium, University of the Philippines Diliman on March 13, 2014, 4:00 PM. Registration is free.

For inquiries, please call the UP Communication Research Department: (02) 920-6866 or email xeng.magdaraog@gmail.com.


[1] Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Development (OVCRD) – University of the Philippines Diliman. 2014. Source of Solutions Grants (Special Grants). Retrieved from: http://www.ovcrd.upd.edu.ph/grants/ovcrd-funded/source-of-solutions-grants-special-grants/ on 03/11/14.

 

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.

Paliwanagan sa UP Diliman: The OVCRD Colloquium 2014

Pasasalamat 2014

Memorandum No. BMP 14-004 OVPPF Annual Data Collection for Budget Evaluation and Planning

NOTE: To download the forms, please click the links below the image of the Memo.

Memorandum No. BMP 14-004 OVPPF Annual Data Collection for Budget Evaluation and Planning

To download the forms, please click the links below:

Form 19 – Intellectual Property Rights
http://www.ovcrd.upd.edu.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/UPD_Form19_Intellectual-Property-Rights1.xlsx

Form 20 – International Publication Awardees
http://www.ovcrd.upd.edu.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/UPD_Form20_International-Publication-Awardees1.xls

Tables B1, B2, B3 and B5 – Refereed Publications, Papers Presented, Inventions and Researchers with Outputs and/ or Awards
http://www.ovcrd.upd.edu.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/UPD_Tables-B1-B2-B3-B5_Refereed-Pub-Papers-PresentedInventions-Researchers-with-Awards1.xls

Research Projects 2013
http://www.ovcrd.upd.edu.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/UPD_Research-Projects1.xlsx

Form 23 – Research Units Profile
http://www.ovcrd.upd.edu.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/UPD_Form23_Research-Units-Profile1.xls

Form 26 – Function Classification of Units
http://www.ovcrd.upd.edu.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/UPD_Form26_Function-Classification-of-Units1.xlsx

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