DOST: Filipino Inventors Can Be Innovation Game-Changers, Global Leaders
By EDD K. USMAN, SDN, Twitter @edd1819, Instagram @bluestar0910, Facebook: SDN — Science, Digital & Current Affairs
(SDN) — IT IS important to have faith in the capability of Filipino inventors in becoming “game-changers and global leaders in innovation.”
The Department of Science and Technology through its Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) organized on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, an Inventors’ Forum on the Policies and Guidelines on the Implementation of Assistance to Inventors at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City, Metro Manila.
TAPI is one of the “Department’s service agencies whose primary responsibility is to promote the commercialization of technologies and to market the services of the other operating units of DOST.” It was created on January 30, 1987 through Executive Order No. 128.
The TAPI head, himself an engineer by profession, cited the important role of the inventors.
Since its inception, Garcia pointed out, TAPI has been local inventors’ “strong partner…in materializing their innovations to the market as a way of improving the lives of the common Filipinos.”
“We have always believed in the potentials of Filipino inventors in becoming the game-changers, and global leaders in innovation, providing hope and inspiration to the millions of people, especially to the youth whom we owe our success,” he assured.
Garcia further assured that his agency is one with the inventors “as we provide enabling networks tailored for the needs in whatever stage of the commercialization pathway you are in as you grow and develop into a household name in your chosen industries.”
The forum’s objective concerns shedding light on relevant policies and guidelines as TAPI implements the government’s assistance to inventors.
Participants that TAPI invited for the dialogue included a pool of experts coming from the private sector, successful inventors and innovators, and representatives of government agencies, and researchers and academics asked to share their knowledge on the subject at hand.
TAPI is DOST’s lead agency in promoting technology transfer and commercialization through the provision of necessary financial and technical assistance among the concerned stakeholders, thus, it has provided support to individuals and business entities in making local inventors’ visions of developing their inventions and technologies while establishing an entrepreneurship riding science, technology, and innovation (STI), he said.
Garcia also commended Filipino inventors for their “relentless” efforts in lobbying the Senate for the passing of Republic Act 7459, also known as the Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines.
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He acknowledged the expansion of TAPI’s function with the R.A. No. 7459’s enactment, hoping that it would provide “sufficient incentives” to local inventors, primarily on how to protect “their exclusive right to their inventors” because of the inventions’ contribution to national development and progress.
“I would like to extend that the significance of inventions and innovations are key components in creating a sustainable development not only in the economic aspect of our nation but also in social advancements of the communities,” said Garcia.
Meanwhile, he recalled the Philippines’ rise in its score in the recently announced Global Innovation Index (GII), “from 73 in 2017 and 2018 to 54 this year.”
“This huge leap may be attributed from the Department’s overall efforts in science, technology, and innovation, particularly on the increase in the number of filed intellectual property from technology generators and inventors,” Garcia said.
The TAPI director believes his agency’s being able to contribute in the country’s GII score improvement through some of its flagship programs, among them assistance in the protection of intellectual property rights, development for industry-based inventions for inventors, provision of venture financing for businesses, and conduct of promotional activities leading to eventual transfer of technologies. (SDN)