#RSTW: 2019 Regional Invention Contest Rules and Criteria

In celebration with the 2019 Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW), DOST-Caraga is inviting all inventors and innovators in the region for the 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE).

RICE is a nationwide activity that aims to recognize Filipino inventors and promote their innovations to help address issues for society and national economic development. The Regional Invention Contest will serve as a qualifying round for the National Invention Contest next year.

This year’s RICE will be conducted simultaneously with the 2019 RSTW on September, 2019 in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.

Categories

The Regional Invention Contest is a competition open for both the public and private sector inventors and researchers within the region. There are five (5) categories where talented Filipinos can compete in the  Invention Contest: Outstanding Invention (Tuklas Award), Outstanding Utility Model, Outstanding Industrial Design, Outstanding Creative Research (Likha Award) and Outstanding Student Creative Research (Sibol Award) for High School and College students.

Invention Category
Invention refers to any technical solution of a problem in any field of human activity which is new, involves an inventive step and is industrially applicable. It may be, or may relate to a product, or process, and their improvements, (Sec.21, RA 8293). It shall be covered by invention patent still in force granted by the Intellectual Property Office – Philippines (IPOPHIL).

Utility Model Category
Utility Model refers to any technical solution of a problem in any field of human activity which is new and industrially applicable, within contemplation of the above statute (Sec. 109, RA 9293). It shall be covered by utility model registration with a valid registrability report still in force granted by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (lPOPHIL).

Industrial Design Category
Industrial Design refers to any composition of lines or colors or any three-dimensional form whether or not associated with lines or colors: Provided, that such composition or form gives a special appearance to and can serve as pattern for an industrial product or handicraft within the contemplation of the above statute (sec. 112, RA g293). It shall be covered by industrial design registration with valid registrability report still in force granted by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL).

Creative Research Category
Creative Research refers to patent pending inventions, registration pending utility models and industrial designs and research results not yet applied for patent, utility model and industrial design registration. Eligible under this category are new and useful machines/devices/ gadgets, products or processes or an improvement of any of the foregoing; and non-biological/microbiological processes not contrary to public order, morals, public health and welfare. These are research results with demonstrable qualities and potential for improvement and/ or widespread commercialization/ dissemination.

Student Creative Research for College and High School
Refers to new and innovative projects/models developed by college and high school students. These projects/models should possess features and characteristics that may have significant contribution to the promotion of S&T innovations that are not contrary to public order, morals, public health, and welfare.

The contest is open to all inventors, makers, designers, creative researchers and student researchers who are Filipino citizens residing in Caraga region.

Winners will receive cash prizes and incentives. Updates will be uploaded soon.

For the complete contest requirements, mechanics and criteria, view document below from the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI).