Intellectual Property

IPU-ITSO, WMSU College of Home Economics Partner for IP Consultation and Copyright Endorsement

The Intellectual Property Unit – Innovations and Technology Support Office (IPU-ITSO) recently joined forces with the College of Home Economic (CHE) of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) for an Intellectual Property (IP) consultation on June 23, 2023. This collaboration aimed to identify and explore potential IP applications arising from the college’s works.

The consultation proved fruitful, resulting in the identification of a total of 55 copyrightable modules and instructional materials. These materials will now undergo endorsement to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) for copyright registration.

This endeavor initiated by IPU-ITSO highlights the importance of IP awareness and protection within academic institutions. By working together, they can ensure that the creative works produced by faculty and staff are properly recognized and safeguarded.

Potential benefits of this collaboration include protection of intellectual property wherein copyright registration with IPOPHL will grant WMSU exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, adapt, and publicly display the copyrighted materials; commercialization opportunities in which copyrighted modules and instructional materials could potentially be commercialized, generating revenue for the college and potentially benefiting the wider community; and increased innovation that will foster a culture of innovation within the College of Home Economics through recognizing and protecting the IP generated by its faculty and staff. This initiative serves as a model for other academic institutions in the Philippines. By following suit and partnering with IPU-ITSO, these institutions can ensure that the intellectual property created by their faculty and staff is properly identified, protected, and potentially commercialized.