Experts mentor MSMEs on Intellectual Property Rights

Seventeen Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) clients went through a mentorship training on the Introduction on Property Rights Protection for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) of the Manufacturing Sector in Agusan del Norte, October 4, at the RTR Hall, Almont Inland Resort, J.C. Aquino Ave., Butuan City.

Engineer Jeffrey T. Dellosa—manager of the Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) of Caraga State University (CSU) and keynote speaker of the training—discussed about the big 5Ws of seeking for protection and the process of filing for patent and utility models applications. He also showed the participants the online resources that they can access should they need to check if a certain product name is already protected or not.

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Engr. Dellosa showing some participants the online resources for IPR

 

Dellosa emphasized that there are a lot of protections they can apply for a single product alone.  “It is not just about having exclusive rights but it is also about income generation that we should seek protection for our products, processes and business names,” explained Dellosa.

Joining him as speakers are Engineer Jefrey M. Bagasbas who spoke about the Fundamentals of Patent and Utility Models and Mr. Kenneth L. Ciudad who spoke on the Fundamentals of Intellectual Property. Bagasbas gave the participants a strong message and encouraged them to continue developing their products and services. “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to be an inventor,” says Bagasbas.

Training participant Lope Molde—owner of the Love Yacon Health products in Butuan—also shared her insights in the training. “Nindot kaayo ni nga training kay karon nakabalo na ko unsa ang mga pamaagi para ma patent akong mga sabon (her product). Basin pa lang mudako pa ni akong negosyo puhon… (the training is really beneficial because I have now known the ways to secure patent for my soap. If by fate my business will grow in the future),”

The training raised awareness on the benefits IP Protection of the products, processes and business names of the SETUP cooperators in the province of Agusan del Norte. It also aimed in encouraging them to apply for the IP protection.