The Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO), through its Manager, Assoc. Prof. Michael Jorge Peralta, conducted a seminar about the Basics of Intellectual Property and the Legal and Ethical Issues to Innovation to third-year BS Occupational Therapy students of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CRS) on October 4, 2019.

The objectives of the activity were: to improve IP awareness among the students; to stimulate their creative minds into conducting innovative projects; and to understand the legal and ethical issues governing innovations. Peralta gave the definitions and the characteristics of the different IP rights and how they are applied the field of occupational therapy. He, then, oriented them on the legal and ethical issues, such as the concept of infringements, determining authorship, and preventing plagiarisms.

ITSO conducts IP roadshows to improve IP awareness of the faculty and students in the University. Apart from education, the project helps ITSO acquire invention disclosures for possible IP registration and technology transfer.