17 SUCs, R&D institutes to be involved in DOST’s patent mining program

Published May 29, 2021, 9:00 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

A total of 17 state universities and colleges (SUCs) and research and development institutes (RDIs) will be involved in the Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development’s (DOST-PCAARRD) implementation of its patent mining program for selected agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources (AANR) commodities.


The DOST-PCAARRD said the program seeks “to influence changes in research and development (R&D) as well as technology transfer prioritization” in the AANR sector.

The participating SUCs and RDIs were also part of the two batches of the Intellectual Property and Technology Business Management (IP-TBM) program, it noted. The DOST-PCAARRD also supported the IP-TBM program.

The Council provided the list of commodities in the AANR sector that the SUCs and RDIs will focus on in their patent mining studies.

These are following:

Coffee – Cavite State University (CvSU)

Rice – Bohol Island State University (BISU)

Mango – Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU)

Swine – Central Mindanao University (CMU)

Cacao – Caraga State University (CSU)

Bamboo – Department of Science and Technology-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI)

Banana – Ifugao State University (IfSU)

Goat – Isabela State University (ISU)

Aqua feeds – Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU)

Citrus – Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU)

Dairy cattle – Philippine Carabao Center (PCC)

Milkfish – Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU)

Crabs (Mangrove and Blue swimming crabs) – Samar State University (SSU)

Shrimp – University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV)

Rubber – University of Southern Mindanao (USM)

Native chicken – Western Mindanao State University (WMSU)

Seaweeds/Sea cucumber – Western Philippines University (WPU)

“The program will discover emerging agricultural technologies and influence the development of priority R&D programs through patent mining. The process highly relies on patent literature, which contains valuable information that can guide organizations in planning for targeted R&D investments and determining early IP management strategies,” the PCAARRD said.

These tools may help advocate changes in R&D and technology transfer, as well as in crafting new science and technology (S&T) plans for the AANR sector, it said.

Under the program, the first DOST-PCAARRD Patent Mining Mentorship Series will be conducted to capacitate the project teams.

The training activities are in partnership with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), the Council said, with mentors from IPOPHL guiding the project teams in developing their patent mining reports.

The filing of 170 IP applications and execution of 17 commercialization contracts within the two-year project duration are being eyed under the program.

“Linkages with various agencies will also be enhanced to support activities on IP protection and management, as well as technology transfer and commercialization,” it said.

The Council said the program will also extend its policy development support to PCAARRD’s partners in the regional consortia who are not yet members of the IP-TBM network.

“Fifty agencies will be assisted in crafting or enhancing their respective IP Policies and Technology Transfer Protocols in accordance with existing laws and regulations.”

“In addition, a real-time monitoring system that will allow efficient and effective monitoring of all activities and accomplishments of members of the IP-TBM network will also be developed through the program.”