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(L-R) Mr. Caezar Angelito E. Arceo (TAPI), Director Edgar I. Garcia (TAPI), the author, and Atty. Bayani B. Loste (APP)

The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) was recently awarded the first ever utility model (UM) certificate for an invention as an output of the research it has funded.

The UM certificate was co-shared with NRCP as the applicant and the researcher Dr. Marina A. Alipon, for the project titled “Method of Preservative Treatment of Engineered Bamboo.”

The invention is one of the fourteen NRCP-funded projects that were applied for IP Protection in 2014 composed of four UM and ten patents to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines thru the assistance of the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) of DOST. In 2014, the NRCP was ranked 1 among the DOST and all other agencies in the country in the number of patents filed.

The UM Certificate was formally awarded to NRCP during the TAPI’s 30th Anniversary on 27 January 2017 at the Hotel H2O, Luneta, Manila. Ms. Cecilia J. Baquireza, Supervising Science Research Specialist, received the UM Certificate on behalf of NRCP.

The UM gives the holder the right to prevent others from commercially using the protected invention without the holder’s authorization. The issuance of the UM certificate entitles the applicant a protection for seven (7) years from the date of filing. The UM is also called a “petty patent” because of the lesser duration of protection compared to a Patent that has 20 years.

It is expected that more UM, patent, copyright certificates and other IPs will be received by NRCP in the next few years as it continues to uphold the quality of basic researches it funds.

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