PhilRice, IPO Promote Intellectual Property Rights in Agri Sector

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Byline: EDGARD HILARIO

Public agricultural scientists and other public sector researchers in the country can expect to gain more knowledge of their rights to claim intellectual property for their work following a commitment between Philippine Rice Institute (PhilRice) and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to promote intellectual property rights (IPR) awareness in the agriculture sector.

The partnership aims to ensure the promotion of IPR to the public agriculture sector. It was formalized through the signing of a memorandum of agreement this month at the IPO headquarters in Makati City.

The partnership is also expected to contribute to a more vigorous IPR enforcement in the country where the application of IPR laws in the Philippines public agriculture sector is urgently needed in these times of advances and discoveries in biotechnology.

"There is a new quiet revolution in IPR, beginning with PhilRice. This [MOA] will be a best practice model to develop equally strong linkages between the IPO, state colleges and universities, and other R&D institutions," said IPO director general Adrian Cristobal Jr.

Under the agreement, PhilRice will lead and provide facilities for trainings, briefings, and seminar-workshops on IPR, and continually update its IPR database while IPO will provide speakers during the workshops and assist PhilRice in developing IPR training modules for easier training facilitation. …