The Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO), an arm of the Office of the Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation (OVRRI), conducted several IP capacity building fora for both students and faculty. Last January 25, 2016, it gave 2 sessions of IP lectures to the 4th year BS Biology students and faculty of the College of Science. During the University Research Fortnight Celebration, particularly last February 9 and 17, 2016, it delivered the Fundamentals of IP Rights and a workshop on patent information and documentation search. Finally, last March 5, 2016, it gave the 3rd year Entrepreneurship students the Essentials of IP for Entrepreneurs. Assoc. Prof. Michael Jorge Peralta, Executive Assistant for Intellectual Property & Research and ITSO Manager, gave most of the talks, while Asst. Prof. Lourdes Baldelomar, ITSO Technical Expert and Patent Searcher in Engineering, delivered a session during the Research Fortnight.

One of the goals of the ITSO Project is to increase IP awareness within the University and to organize a community of patent searchers to assist both students and faculty in determining novelty of their research projects to prevent ‘re-inventing the wheel.’ This raises the bar of research and thus developing more patentable researches that addresses industries challenges that makes it more relevant to society. The ITSO hopes to reach more Colleges and Faculties to improve IP Awareness.