Support of Media Sought to Boost Local Inventions

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Support of Media Sought to Boost Local Inventions


MANILA, Philippines - The sagging turnout of local patents has driven an executive of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to urge media support for local inventors and their inventions, saying good media exposure for them should suffice to increase the number of local patents.Carmen Peralta, director of the IPO Information, Documentation and Technology Transfer Bureau, said if only given the needed exposure, inventors would be inspired to work harder that would eventually translate to more patents.She issued a call for media support in an interview during this year's National Invention Contest held in Cebu City, where inventors took note of the low turnout of local patents in the country.An IPO data showed that from 1998 to 2009, foreign inventors had acquired 12,422 patents while Filipino inventors merely had 189. Pending patent applications were comprised of 32,525 for foreign inventions and 12,422 for Filipino.With less media exposure for good Filipino inventions, Peralta said, people are hardly aware of local patents to patronize. And because of this, she added, inventors are not given the needed boost. "The low level of appreciation for the patent system might be because people think they do not benefit from the system because they don't read of success stories in the Philippines," she said."They read of good inventions abroad, but here in the Philippines very minimal yung exposure ng good inventions sa media. …

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