1. Rationale

The Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits or RICE is a nationwide activity that recognizes the indispensability of Filipino inventors in the landscape of national economic development through appropriate platforms especially under the new normal. The invention contest gives encouragement to inventors to showcase their inventive capability through a form of competition for cash incentives, awards, and bragging rights. The regional contest serves as the qualifying round for the national contest, pursuant to Section 4 of the Republic Act (RA) 7459 also known as the “Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines.”

 

  1. Categories

The regional contest is open for both public and private inventors and researchers in the regions. The contest is composed of five categories namely, (1) Outstanding Invention (Tuklas Award), (2) Outstanding Utility Model (Unlad Award), (3) Outstanding Industrial Design (Banghay Award), (4) Outstanding Creative Research (Likha Award), and (5) Outstanding Student Creative Research (Sibol Award) for High School and College Students. The categories are defined as follows:

    • The Invention Category refers to any inventions that are new and industrially-applicable technical solutions to a problem in any field of human activity, that involves an inventive step. It may be or may relate to a product or process, and their improvements (Sec. 21, RA 8293). It must possess an active invention patent granted by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).
    • The Utility Model (UM) refers to any UMs that are new and industrially-applicable technical solutions to a problem in any field of human activity, except the reference to an inventive step as a condition of protection (Sec. 109, RA 8293). It must possess an active utility model registration granted by the IPOPHL.
    • The Industrial Design (ID) Category refers to any IDs that are composed 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 a pattern for an industrial product or handicraft (Sec. 112, RA 8293). It must possess an active industrial design registration granted by the IPOPHL.
    • The Creative Research Category refers to any creative research that has patent-pending inventions, registration-pending UMs and IDs, or research results that are not yet applied for patent or UM and ID registrations. Eligible under this category are research results with demonstrable qualities and potentials for improvement and/or widespread commercialization from any of the following:
    • New and useful machines, devices, gadgets, products, or processes, or their improvement; and
    • Non-biological or microbiological processes not contrary to public order, morals, public health, and welfare.
    • The Student Creative Research Category for College and High School refers to projects or models that are new and innovative developed by college and high school students. These creative researches must possess features and characteristics that may have significant contribution to the promotion of science, technology and innovation (STI) that are not contrary to public order, morals, public health, and welfare.

 

  1. Eligibility of Contestants

3.1.        The contest is open to all inventors, makers, designers, creative researchers, and student researchers who are Filipino citizens with the following considerations:

3.1.1.     They have a six-month residency in the region they plan to compete in;

3.1.2.     Their principal office address or school is in the region they wish to represent;

3.1.3.     They can join any of the five categories, as applicable; and

3.1.4.     They can have a maximum of three (3) entries per category provided that the main author/inventor per entry is not the same, subsequent entries per category will be removed/disqualified.

 

3.2.        For Invention, UM, and ID Categories:

3.2.1.     Entries must already have patent, UM and ID registrations signified by an IP Certificate (with ribbon) on or before the deadline of the submission;

3.2.2.     Only the inventors, makers, and designers whose names appear in the patent, UM, and ID registrations may join in the contest. In case an invention, UM, or ID has joint ownership, all members must sign in the accomplished entry forms, or sign waivers and other documents should they not join the contest.

3.2.3.     Disqualification of one member would mean disqualification of the whole team joining the contest. Further, clear violation of any provisions in the RICE Rules and Criteria constitutes disqualification.

3.2.4.     If an entry is qualified in more than one region, they could only choose one region to participate in based on eligibility requirement submitted.

3.2.5.     All inventions, UM, and ID that have won in previous regional or national invention contests are no longer eligible to join in subsequent regional or national invention contests in the same category.

 

3.3.        For Creative Research and Student Creative Research Categories:

3.3.1.     Entries for the student creative research are open for high school and college students. Students must be duly endorsed by the school where the students are enrolled in and where the creative research was conducted. The endorser can either be the principal, the school head, the dean of the college, or the president of the school or university.

3.3.2.     Out-of-School Youths are eligible to join either in the Creative Research Category or the Student Creative Research Category. Entries should be duly endorsed by the DOST Regional Office (RO) and/or DOST-TAPI accredited inventor’s organization within their region.

3.3.3.     All creative research or student creative research that have won in previous regional or national invention contests are no longer eligible to join in subsequent regional or national invention contests in the same category. However, those entries that have won under the Creative Research and Student Creative Research Categories may join the regional invention contest under the Invention, UM and/or ID categories, provided that such entries are now patented or registered at the IPOPHL.

3.3.4.     All creative research or student creative research may be applied for the DOST-TAPI Intellectual Property Rights Assistance Program (IPRAP). Interested participants may submit their entries to DOST-TAPI along with the following documentary requirements:

3.3.4.1. Letter of Request for IPRAP

3.3.4.2. Invention Disclosure Form

3.3.4.3. Preliminary Search Report

3.3.5.     In case of joint ownerships, all of the creative researchers must possess the eligibility requirement as stated in Item 3.1.

3.3.6.     If an entry is qualified in more than one region, they could only choose one region to participate in.

 

  1. Requirements

4.1.        Contestants from Caraga are required to submit the following to DOST-TAPI not later than 5:00 PM on September 6, 2021 through bit.ly/SubmitEntryRICECaraga or email at tapiricenice@gmail.com or courier:

4.1.1.     One (1) copy of the completely filled-out and notarized RIC Form No. 01: Entry Form for Invention, UM, ID, and Creative Research Categories, herein attached as Annex 1;

4.1.2.     One (1) copy of the completely filled-out and notarized RIC Form No. 03A: Entry Form for Student Creative Research Category Sibol Award, herein attached as Annex 2;

4.1.3.     One (1) copy of the completely filled-out and notarized RIC Form No. 03B: Entry Form for Out-Of-School Youths Student Creative Research Category, herein attached as Annex 3;

4.1.4.     One (1) original copy of signed and notarized RIC Form No. 02: Waiver Form for Invention, UM, ID, and Creative Research Categories, herein attached as Annex 4;

4.1.5.     One (1) original copy of signed and notarized waivers RIC Form No. 04: Waiver Form for Sibol Award, herein attached as Annex 5;

4.1.6.     One (1) copy of letter patent, UM, and ID registrations, as applicable;

4.1.7.     One (1) copy of (1) page abstract, description or drawings, pictures, and certificates;

4.1.8.     One (1) original copy of a notarized RIC Form No. 5: Certification for Entries under the Creative Research Category (Likha Award) which signifies ownership of work that is new and original, herein attached as Annex 6;

4.1.9.     One (1) original copy of a notarized RIC Form No. 6: Certification for Entries under the Student Creative Research Category (Sibol Award) which signifies ownership of work that is new and original, herein attached as Annex 7;

4.1.10. One (1) original copy of Certificate of Residency from the Local Government Unit; and/or; and

4.1.11. One (1) original copy of Information Sheet Conforme with Data Privacy Consent Form herein attached as Annex 9.

4.2.        All the certifications and waivers or contest forms must be under oath and subscribed into by the affiants.

4.3.        DOST-TAPI will pre-screen the entries based on the compliance to the requirements as stated in Item 4.1. All documents submitted are subject to final examination by DOST-TAPI RICE Secretariat and/or the Board of Judges.

4.4.        The Outstanding Creative Research Category (Likha Award) will be sub-categorized into government-funded and private-funded if there are three or more qualified entries in each sub-category.

 

  1. Mechanics

5.1.        Board of Judges

The Board of Judges is composed of highly qualified professionals thoroughly selected by the DOST-TAPI RICE Awards Committee and/or duly endorsed by the DOST RO. The judges must not be affiliated with any organizations, agencies, schools, or universities of the participating contestants in the regional contest of the same year. The judges must sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with DOST-TAPI prior to judging, herein attached as Annex 10.

 

5.2.        Judging Criteria

The Board of Judges will be guided by the following criteria and considerations depending on the categories (a judging guide can be found in Annex 7):

5.2.1.     Qualifying Round

All entries initially evaluated by DOST-TAPI in terms of completeness of documentary requirements will be endorsed to the Board of Judges. The judging criteria per category to be observed by the Board of Judges are as follows:

5.2.1.1.            Invention Category

Novelty                                                25%

Commercial Viability                       30%

Stage of Development and Cost     15%

Unique Value Proposition               5%

Scientific/Technical Merits             5%

Total         80%

 

5.2.1.2.           Utility Model Category

Competitive Advantage                   25%

Commercial Viability                       30%

Stage of Development and Cost    15%

Scientific/Technical Merits           10%

Total       80%

 

5.2.1.3.            Industrial Design Category

Aesthetics                                           30%

Commercial Viability                       40%

Unique Value Proposition             10%

Total       80%

 

5.2.1.4. Creative Research and Student Creative Research Categories

Scientific/Technical Merits           30%

Functionality                                     20%

Market Potential                               20%

Originality                                          10%

Total        80%

 

5.2.2.     There will be two rounds of judging: the qualifying and final rounds. In the qualifying round, the Board of Judges will shortlist the top five (5) entries per category with the highest score based on the judging criteria, as indicated in Item 5.3.1. Should there be any information that needs clarification from the board of judges, the DOST-TAPI RICE Secretariat shall coordinate with the contestant to verify the information in the entry form submitted.

5.2.3.     The Board of Judges will endorse to the DOST-TAPI Management and RICE Secretariat the top five (5) entries per category.

5.2.4.     DOST-TAPI will send invitations to the top five (5) qualifiers per category and provide a format of presentation. For those entries that did not qualify (not included in the shortlist), their respective schools or organization may send their entries to be exhibited during the contest proper on a first come first serve basis. They are also eligible to showcase their other research outputs or inventions in addition to their entries.

5.2.5.     The DOST-TAPI Secretariat will require the top five (5) qualifiers per category to submit a five (5)-minute video presentation about their entries highlighting but not limited to scientific/technical merits, unique value proposition, stage of development and cost, and commercial viability.

5.2.6.     The video presentation must be submitted to DOST-TAPI online or via courier on or before the set deadline.

5.2.7.     The video presentations per category will be posted on the DOST-TAPI Facebook Page and will be scored based on their engagement rate. The highest engagement rate per category will be dubbed as the People’s Choice which is a main criterion in the final judging.

 

5.3.        Final Round

5.3.1.     All five (5) final entries per category will retain their initial scores during the qualifying round, constituting 80 percent of the final score. The remaining 20 percent will be judged according to the following criteria:

Video Presentation                       15%

Content                                (5%)

Technical Organization    (5%)

People’s Choice                  (5%)

Mastery of the Subject                 5%

Total      20%

5.3.2.     The Board of Judges will be judging the video presentation and the mastery of finalists about their research or inventions through a question-and-answer format during the contest proper.

5.3.3.     For the Student Creative Research Category, the advisers are not allowed to answer the Board of Judge’s inquiries on behalf of their students.

5.3.4.     The contestants may be required to provide additional information to the judges in order to fully evaluate their entries during the contest proper.

5.3.5.     A booth (physical or virtual) will be assigned to each finalist, which displays their official entries. Each entry shall be provided by an official collateral designed by DOST-TAPI. In case of a physical booth, the finalists shall be notified of the specific booth assignments and dimensions. The booth assignment is segmented per category.

5.3.6.     The finalists may be required to report to the DOST RO during the virtual event for the video presentation, pitching, and question and answer. In case of a physical event, the finalists install their working models, products, or exhibit materials at the contest site on the specified date and time of the ingress as idented by DOST-PPI or DOST RO.

5.3.7.     In case of a physical event, all exhibit materials must be moved out on the specified date and time of the egress usually after the closing ceremonies. Organizers shall not be liable to any losses or damages to the working models, products, or exhibit materials. All contestants shall be responsible for manning, supervising, and pulling out of their exhibits at all times.

5.3.8.     In case of a virtual event, the DOST-TAPI Secretariat will create an online platform that will hold the regional contest.

5.3.9.     All regional qualified entries in the Creative Research Categories (Likha and Sibol Awards) are encouraged to avail DOST-TAPI Intellectual Property Rights Assistance Program (IPRAP).

5.3.10. All interested contestants and regional winners are encouraged to commit in pushing for the commercialization of their inventions and researches and apply for DOST-TAPI Programs.

5.3.11. The final judging will be held via the digital platform that is prepared and hosted by DOST TAPI. The Board of Judges may declare no winner in the region if the minimum score of 80 percent is not met.

5.3.12. The decision of the Board of Judges is final and unappealable. The scorecards or rating sheets are considered personal notes of the judges and are not for public scrutiny thus, any part of it must not be given to any contestant or requesting party.

5.3.13. The contestants or their duly-designated representative shall agree to the immunity of the members of the Board of Judges and the DOST System including their employees from any legal suit that may arise from or relative to the conduct and results of the contest by signing the corresponding waiver form as reflected in RIC Form 02 and RIC Form 04 (Annexes 3 and 4). No entry shall be considered officially entered in the contest unless the contestant and their witnesses have signed the waiver and submitted the signed waiver to DOST-TAPI or DOST RO.

 

  1. Announcement and Awarding of Winners

6.1.        Three (3) regional winners shall be selected per category as first, second, and third prize winners. In case of a tie, the Board of Judges is responsible for breaking the tie and declaring only three regional winners. The first prize regional winner per category shall be automatically qualified for the national contest.

6.2.        The best video presentation will be selected among the finalists and will receive a cash inventive and a certificate of recognition.

6.3.        All regional winners will receive a cash incentive and certificate of recognition during the Closing Ceremonies of the regional contest.

 

  1. Contingency

7.1          In case of a pandemic or calamity and a face-to-face gathering is not allowed, all activities that will require mass gathering will be conducted online. DOST-TAPI as the organizer may opt to conduct virtual RICE events as an alternative with the support of DOST ROS.

For more details, you can email tapiricenice@gmail.com or message our Facebook pages @DOST.TAPI or @DOST.Caraga.

Download the 2021 RICE mechanics and forms at: https://cutt.ly/2021RICEDownloadableForm

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