The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) plans to put up a field office in Iloilo City.
IPO Director General Ricardo Blancaflor, an Ilonggo himself, said the field office will allow inventors from the region and nearby provinces to file application for the patent and copyrights faster and easier.
Blancaflor said IPO in Iloilo City will save time and money as inventors, researchers and scientists by not going to Manila where the IPO is located. The field office in Iloilo City will be the first in the Visayas if pushed through.
The IPO will help inventors process their patent and copyrights, provides technical assistance, funding and free paper works.
All inventions, researches and other original works should be patented at the IPO so that the idea will not be stolen by others.
Blancaflor also encourages universities and educational institutions to have the original works of their students, researchers and colleagues patented. This way, it could be used for commercial purposes and mass production. The patent and copyrights for discoveries and inventions are important if they want to improve their work, he added.
The IPO field office will be inaugurated before the year ends, assured Blancaflor. It will be located beside the regional office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Iloilo City.
Blancaflor attended the 2010 Visayas Islands Invention Contest and Exhibits in Iloilo City. The event was hosted by the Department of Science and Technology. (PNA) /MP