The Aurora State College of Technology Office of Research and Development Services took the lead in organizing a Training-Seminar on Technology Protection, Transfer, and Commercialization from April 23-24, 2024.
The event commenced with opening remarks from Dr. Ma. Luz F. Cabatan, Vice President for Academic Affairs highlighting the importance of technology protection, transfer and commercialization to all researchers at ASCOT. “Importante ang training na ito ngayong umaga. Kailagan natin ito in-preparation for our accreditation and University hood. Itong technology and commercialization, kailangan na nating sumabay, hindi na ito maiiwasan.”

It was followed by a message from Dr. Oscar C. Barawid, Jr., Vice President for Administration, Planning, and Finance emphasizing the role of research at ASCOT’s journey to university hood. “Masuwerte tayo dahil very supportive ang ating presidente sa mga ganitong activity especially sa research. Hinihikayat niya ang lahat ng Schools dito sa ASCOT na magkaroon ng research laboratories na malalaki ang maitutulong nito hindi lang sa ating mga researchers kundi pati na rin sa ating mga students.”

Dr. Alking B. Gorospe, Director of Research and Development Service and IPTBM Project Leader, presented an overview of the training and outlined what participants could expect over the next two days. In an interview, he mentioned “First time na nagkaroon ng ganitong seminar/workshop dito sa ASCOT. Importante ‘yung mga ganitong seminar para ma-equiped ang ating mga researchers about Intellectual Property Rights (IP). May mga pangyayari kasi minsan na ang isang researcher nag present ng research tapos kapag mag-apply na siya ng IP, magugulat na lang siya na mayroon ng nauna. Makakatulong itong workhsop na ito upang malaman ng ating mga participants ang mga proseso ng pagfile ng IP.”

The seminar/workshop featured Dr. Pablo Rafael, Director of the CLSU Business Development Division and Manager of Agriculture and Food Technology Business Incubator.

The first day of the seminar focused on the Technology Protection Process, covering basics, the importance of patents and Intellectual Property Rights, and the process of IP filing. It also delved into technology transfer and commercialization, including technology assessment, the process of technology transfer, commercialization, and its strategies.

The second day of the workshop will explore the Technology Transfer Act and R.A. 11337 Innovative Startup Act / DOST Startup Guidelines. Additionally, there will be an open forum allowing participants to share feedback and engage in discussions.

The event aims to equip participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to protect, transfer, and commercialize technology effectively, fostering innovation and development within the community.