by Nathaniel C. Tarranza
Five faculty members and one staff recently passed the Patent Agent Qualifying Exams (PAQUE) by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL), the Intellectual Property Unit-Innovations and Technology Support Office (IPU-ITSO) announced.
The exam was given in December 2013 after a series of seminars and workshops on intellectual properties (IPs) by experts from the Philippines, Germany and the United Kingdom at the University of the Philippines in Los Banos and the Diliman campuses.
The Institute’s newly registered patent agents are Dr. Evelyn C. Creencia, Dr. Reynaldo M. Vequizo of the College of Science & Mathematics (CSM); Dr. Maria Sheila K. Ramos, Atty. Nathaniel C. Tarranza and Atty. Edgar Allan A. Donasco of the College of Engineering (COE), and Ms. Marietta Esperanza P. Cruz of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Extension (OVCRE).
The IPU-ITSO is the result of a merger between two units of the OVCRE. Created in 2010 by virtue of a BOR Resolution for the MSU System, the IPU-ITSO protects, manages and utilizes IPs of the Institute faculty, staff and students.
The ITSO is a franchise granted to the Institute by IPOPHIL in 2011. It is envisioned to provide the general public with IP Protection and commercialization support services like patent search, patent drafting, patent application and prosecution, and license agreement drafting.
ITSO is supported by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland with major ties with other IP offices in the world. by Nathaniel C. Tarranza for OC-OPI