Adamson University recently played host to a landmark event to promote a competition for inventions that can provide the keys to bringing innovation into our daily lives.
The World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) recently launched the Innovative Solutions for Everyday Life contest in the country and an orientation workshop was held at Adamson University last May 17. The contest is organized by the WIPO in cooperation with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and with the assistance of the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO). Students, faculty, and researchers from different universities and colleges nationwide joined the workshop, including representatives from Adamson.
Innovative Solutions for Everyday Life encourages the use of patent information to create corresponding solutions to technical problems encountered in daily life. In this competition, participants will be required to refer and apply patent information in providing technical solutions to the problems they have identified.
The orientation workshop began at 9:00 in the morning and was opened by Engr. Venusmar Quevedo, Vice President for Administration and manager of the University’s Innovation and Technology Support Office, together with Mr. Lutz Mailander, head of the WIPO’s Patent Information Section, and Ms Carmen Peralta, director of documentation for IPOPHL’s Information and Technology Transfer Bureau. The first topic of the workshop was the organizational and logistical procedures of the competition, discussed by Mr. Insun Choi, a consultant for the WIPO regional bureau for Asia and the Pacific. Mailander spoke on the second topic, an overview of patent information, its contents, access, and utility. The last topic for the morning was the use of patent information for developing appropriate technology and was discussed by Mr. Dong Kuk Kim, senior patent examiner/electronic devices part leader of the KIPO’s Electronic Examination Division. A Q&A session capped the morning activities, while the afternoon session was devoted to practical exercises on patent searching.
Three researches/inventions from Adamson have already qualified for the competition. Mechanical Engineering professor Engr. Rene David qualified for the competition with his project Design and Development of a Small-Scale Machine for Recycling Discarded Thermoplastic into Fiber for Insulation. Another qualifier was the Development of MCU-Based Charging Station for Electric Vehicles by Computer Engineering students Mhanielyn Basiao, Ria Jane Gutierrez, Ana Melissa Janabajab, and Julie Obaob. The third qualifier was the Piscicidal Property of Carica Papaya by Pharmacy students Mina Isabelle Bautista, Monica Clariza Concepcion, Cheryl Granada, Lelet Kishan, and Katrina Mariz Vallejo.
Registered participants of the competition will be given the chance to present their projects and participate in a workshop in October this year.