Thursday, March 21, 2024

Isabela State University (ISU) was hailed as one of the 2023 Bronze Awardee and 2023 ITSO Top Copyright Filer by the Intellectual Property of the Philippines (IPOPHL) during the Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) President’s Summit last March 18, 2024 at Dusit Thani Manila.

The said award is given to academic and research institution members that have conducted at least twelve (12) IP Foundation Cases, at least two (2) patent search training courses, and at least one (1) patent drafting course either to internal or to external clients.

ISU was able to pass the bronze cluster by obtaining nine (9) trademarks, eighty-seven (87) utility models, and one hundred forty-eight (148) copyrights – with Dr. Eva U. Cammayo (Program Leader, ISU-IPTBM Office) and Mr. Alexander F. Ritua (Director, University KTM and ITSO Manager) as the official representatives of the University.

The ITSO Franchise started in 2010 through a cooperation agreement with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The initiative aims to promote the development of IPs within academic and research realms, with a specific focus on fostering invention and utility models. Its overarching goals include boosting the national innovation output and enhancing the visibility of Filipino inventions within the international patent landscape.

Similarly, it is designed to enhance assistance for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) by providing technical support through ITSOs, aiding MSMEs and local inventors with trademark and patent searches, as well as the drafting of patent, utility model, and industrial design documents.

With four (4) cluster competencies set by ITSO to its members, namely Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum, the University aims to reach the Platinum Award for the 2024 Summit.