BPSU Participates in WIPO Presidents' Summit

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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) organized the Presidents’ Summit in cooperation with the International Intellectual Property Training Institute (IIPTI), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and Cornell University, USA on June 21-23, 2017 at PTTI Campus, Daejoen, Republic of Korea. Participating institutions in this batch of participants came from the Philippines, Thailand and Sri Lanka. The Philippines is represented by three universities of the fourteen (14) hub spokes selected by WIPO in the implementation of the project “Creating an Enabling Intellectual Property (IP) Environment for Technology Development, Management and Commercialization-Phase 1). Representatives from the Philippines were Presidents and ITSO Managers from Bataan Peninsula State University, Bicol University and Caraga State University. BPSU delegates were Dr. Gregorio J. Rodis and Mrs. Arlene D. Ibañez, University President and ITSO Manager, respectively.

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The said summit was divided into two groups, the first group attended the event in Korea from June 21-23, 2017 while the second group and those who were not able to attend the summit in Korea will attend the event in Japan by December of this year. A total of twenty four (24) participants joined the first group of attendees in Korea: Philippines, 6; Thailand, 2; and Sri Lanka, 16.

The objective of the conference is to engage the top management of the Universities and Research Institutions in a discussion on enabling IP environment for technology development, management and commercialization.

The main event was held at the International Intellectual Property Training Institute (IIPTI) located at Daejoen, Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea, about 150 km south of Seoul. The area is an emerging science and technology hub of the Republic of Korea.  Delegates from the Philippines arrived in Seoul on June 19, 2017 and were billeted at the Imperial Palace Seoul Hotel then left for Daejoen on June 20, 2017 for the Presidents’ Summit which was held at IIPTI on June 21-22, 2017. A Study Visit to AMOREPACIFIC, an inspiring cosmetic industry and Korea University in Seoul was arranged on June 23, 2017 as part of the conference sessions.  Highlights of the summit included lectures, discussions, round table discussions, consultation and study tour.

Participants of the Summit were mentored by experienced practitioners on Technology Transfer and Commercialization from various institutions who were tapped by WIPO to lead the discussions on the Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Commercialization.

The following Conference Faculty provided the inputs to inspire and lead the participants towards an enabling IP environment:

  1. Richard S. Cahoon, Ph D. – President, Bio Property Strategy Group, Inc.
  2. Yumiko, Hamano, Ll M, MBA – IP Consultant, Partner, ET Cube International
  3. John A. Fraser, CLP, RTTP – President, Burnside Dev’t & Associates
  4. Sarah Macnaughton, Ph D. – Managing Consultant, Oxentia, Oxford University Innovation Ltd.
  5. Taemin Eom – Counselor, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  6. Donglee Kim – Principal member at the Intellectual Property Business Section in Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI)
  7. Jisu Kim – Director General of Intellectual Promotion Bureau at the Presidential Council on Intellectual Property (PCIP)
  8. John T. Mares, MBA, MA – Attorney at Law; VP, Bio Property Strategy Group, Inc.

Over-all the summit provided inspiring insights on technology development, innovation, technology transfer issues confronting the universities as how technologies developed in the laboratory would find their way into the market as well as the lessons learned from different management practices. Thus, as Atty. Michael S. Ong, WIPO representative says “we need to start a conversation with decision makers, leaders, and the top managers of universities and research institutions to explore path-breaking ways to manage and use their intellectual property beyond the present output.” With the engagement and commitment of the heads of various participating institutions, it is believed that the objective of the Presidents’ summit was achieved.

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