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May 20-28, 2021, Cagayan Valley – Researchers in Cagayan Valley personally received patent drafting and other Intellectual Property assistance through experts of the Intellectual Property Philippines (IPOPHIL) during the first ever Research and Development Caravan conducted by DOST Region 02. This was made possible through the on-site evaluation activities facilitated as part of the two-week R&D caravan.

This initiative from DOST Region 02 have further informed and inspired the researchers on the importance of intellectual property rights.Members of the R&D Innovation Management Unit (ReDim) traveled to the different State Universities in Cagayan Valley. They were accompanied by two evaluators from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), Engr. Eric Paden and Engr. Manny Mendoza .

Following strict health protocols, the tour started on May 20 in the province of Cagayan and was held at the Cagayan State University – Carig Campus, then in CSU – Andrews campus on May 21. It was followed by an evaluation in Isabela State University on May 24 and 25. On May 26, the evaluation team traveled to the province of Nueva Vizcaya and on the 27th, in the province of Quirino. To officially conclude the tour, the team conducted an online evaluation in the province of Batanes on May 28.

The evaluation team also aimed to identify the university who submitted the most number of proposals for securing their intellectual property rights. The winning SUC will then receive a cash prize for the funding of their researches. (Hannah Mallillin, DOST 02 S&T Pen)

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