Expert shares IP Knowledge

Atty. Ferdinand M. Negre— Vice-Chairperson of the Commercial Law and Intellectual Property Department of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) shared his knowledge on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Technology Transfer to a group of academic professionals and technology researchers in Caraga, through a seminar, November 17 at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City.

Negre discussed the different IP rights protected under the IP code with emphasis on copyrights, trademarks, and patent during the morning session.

He clarified that copyrights are only an expression of works and not the idea or concept. According to him, even if you sell the book in the national, the author still owns the copyright. “The object and the copyright are different and separate matters”, he added.

The speaker also mentioned that if the participants are planning to apply for a trademark, it should be distinctive. A faculty from Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) Cantilan, Reinar A. Acevedo expressed that he heard someone applies for the trademark of “lodi” and “petmalu”. He then asked the opinion of Atty. Negre regarding the chance of being approved.

“Magkakaroon siya ng problema sa distinctiveness because it is a visible sign. Also, everyone is using it. Isa ding problema kong one hundred (100) silang nag-apply”, explained Negre.

Meanwhile, he reminded the researchers to file a patent application before publishing the invention in a journal or presenting it in public.

The afternoon session was devoted to the Legal Framework for Technology Transfer including the different License Agreements.

Twenty-nine participants identified to become IP representatives of their respective academic institutions attended the seminar. The activity aimed to equip the researchers in Caraga Region the necessary knowledge and skills in IP and technology transfer to use in the academic and institutional settings.

Ricardo N. Varela, DOST Assistant Regional Director, Field Operations Division said that DOST and PCHRD are very willing to provide and equip the researchers with everything they need from idea generation, proposal preparation and on how to protect their works. He also thanked Atty. Negre for coming over despite his busy schedules.