PhilRice recognized for having the most number of patents
The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said it was recently recognized by the Intellectual Property (IP) Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) for having the most number of patents granted to a government institution in the past 20 years.
To be specific, PhilRice received “Gawad Yamang Isip: Special Awards” during the Intellectual Property Convergence 2018.
The said award is usually given to private and public institutions with record-breaking achievements in the areas of IP protection, utilization, and/or commercialization.
“The award is a testament to PhilRice as a leading government institution with innovative culture,” said PhilRice IP Specialist Jerry Serapion.
A patent is an exclusive right granted for a product, process, or an improvement of a product or process, which is new, inventive, and useful.
Among the patents granted are: the Portable Floating Pump, Gravity-Type Drip Irrigation System, Method to Protect the Rice Plant Against Sheath Blight, Mobile Rice Hull Gasifier System for Different Applications, and Rice Hull Charcoal Maker.
According to Serapion, PhilRice has a pool of bright scientists and researchers and to sustain status and increase the number of patents, a need for a team who would look into these generated technologies must be addressed.
“We need to train more technology support staff in the area of intellectual property protection, commercialization, and patent drafting,” he noted.
To date, PhilRice has 11 granted patents and 22 on-going applications.