Last year, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared April of every year as National Intellectual Property (IP) Month through Proclamation No. 190. In response, the University of the Philippines recently commemorated National IP Month with a celebration at the Ang Bahay ng Alumni with the theme, Yamang Isip: Itaguyod Tungo sa Kaunlaran.
This celebration took place from April 17 to 19, 2018 and drew luminaries from the country’s legal and creative fields who are passionate about the protection and promotion of intellectual property rights. The event opened with a message by UP President Danilo L. Concepcion, who spoke on the importance of IP protection in nurturing Filipino creativity.
The celebration was organized by the University in partnership with the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines (IPAP) and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPhil). It featured performances from the the UP Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino (Kontra-GaPi), the UP Singing Ambassadors and Dr. Ramon Acoymo from the UP College of Music, among others. These were interspersed with lectures on intellectual property in the different creative disciplines by guest facilitators.
IPAP board member and lawyer, Enrique Manuel, opened the event with a message on the overall importance of intellectual property protection. “Intellectual property is a key concern of everyone,” he stated, highlighting the fact that creative, scientific and business professionals could all stand to benefit from fostering intellectual property awareness.
“The reality is,” he added, “most IP owners are not aware of their rights and thus miss the opportunities these exclusive and reserve rights can provide.” He concluded by thanking UP and the UP Alumni Association (UPAA) led by its President Ramon Maronilla for their assistance in making the event possible.
The importance of UP’s involvement was echoed by IPOPhil Director General Josephine R. Santiago, who, with her team, engaged in a small campaign for IP awareness before the event proper. “With the partners that we have right now like the University,” she said, “we will be able to increase awareness not only of intellectual property, but also be able to promote creativity and innovation for the country. And as we say that, we hope the effect on the economy will soon be felt.” (Andre DP Encarnacion, UP MPRO)