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By virtue of the Batas Pambansa Bilang 12 in 1978, the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), a state university in Region XI, was created. More than three decades later, the Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) was established forged through the USeP Board Resolution No. 4115, series 2011. Since then, the ITSO has become an organic part of the University.
The ITSO is an intellectual property (IP) office of the University and a franchise to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). After the battery of trainings and system were downloaded to the USeP ITSO, the said IP Office of the University now offers patent search services and skills training, patent clinic advisory & agency, patenting services & skills training, IP management, and patent documentation to the community and stakeholders.
From the time when the ITSO was founded, this IP Office has made some significant strides for the sustainable development of the USeP. The 1978 USeP logo is now registered as a trademark in 2013. The University has saved resources in the prosecution of the 56 patent applications as the USeP now has two registered patent agents conducted by the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2012. One notable achievement of the ITSO was when it has bagged the recognition given by the IPOPHL as the top patent filer in the country in 2014. For the moment, an appreciable amount was earned by the University through the assistance it provides to external clients. It has also been doing extensive information, education, & communication (IEC) campaign to the potential end-users, other SUCs and private institutions in the Region and other parts of the country.
Attuned to the vision and mission of the USeP, the ITSO intends to be more relevant to the community and stakeholders. The Innovation and Technology Support Office, in partnership with the IPOPHL and the DOST, has been robustly implementing its agreed and expected outputs – to increase the number of technologies patented, the number of research outputs IP-protected of the USeP and to possibly commercialize incubated technologies through the adoption of the tenets of technological Research and Development (R&D) and innovations.
Numerous global literatures and practices of the leading economies have strongly emphasized the gargantuan and significant role of innovation in sustaining development. The ITSO is expected to work closely with the newly institutionalized Technology Transfer Office (TTO) in the University for the incubation and commercialization of generated and IP-protected technologies. To sustain the relevance, significance and long-term health of the University in the country and the ASEAN Region, the ITSO needs to further rev up and fast track its innovation programs.