Caraga State University joins Business in Intellectual Property (IP) in Asia Conference in Hong Kong

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Officials from the Caraga State University (CSU) attended the two-day Business in Intellectual Property (BIP) in Asia Conference held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, on December 1-2, 2017 in Hong Kong.  

Dr. Rowena P. Varela, Vice President for Research and Extension, led the CSU participants with Dr. Marilyn B. Castillo, CSU Cabadbaran Campus Director, Engr. Meriam M. Santillan, Dean of CEIT, Engr. Jeffrey T. Dellosa, Director of Technology Development, Transfer and Licensing Office (TDTLO), Engr. Jefrey Bagasbas, Mr. Kenneth L. Ciudad and Ms. Joy Lyn dela Cruz, Techical Experts of TDLTO. Dr. Anthony M. Penaso, CSU President, was suppose to join the conference but had a prior commitment to attend an equally important conference in Indonesia on entrepreneurship.

This year’s BIP Asia Forum is the sixth edition since its launching five years ago. BIP Asia provides an avenue for gathering, networking and trading of IP’s for various institutions worldwide. This is hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).

The two-day forum featured three plenary sessions and a number of breakout sessions drawing on information and insights necessary to stay up-to-date on the latest IP developments and opportunities, sharing under the theme of “IP in the Innovation Era”. Exhibition zone was also made available for IP practitioners, international brands, as well as universities and R&D Centers, to put up their respective kiosk that sets the space for networking, exchange of information and business discussions.

The importance of IP knowledge and management is indisputable. This year’s forum featured more than 80 internationally renowned speakers and attended by over 2400 IP players from all over the  world. A good number of deputies from the Philippines, comprised of ITSO’s and officials from different SUCs and government agencies, attended the said event. There were eight delegates from the Caraga State University, from both main and Cabadbaran campuses, who joined the delegation.   

On the day before the first day of the forum, November 30, 2016, the IPOPhl organized a visit at the Cyberport. Cyberport is a business park in Hong Kong. It is owned and managed by Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited which is wholly owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government. Their government acclaimed it as development where information technology and multimedia would be nurtured so that future demands of these industries could be met. The Cyberport is advertised as the home to one incubation facility for ICT startups called Entrepreneurship Centre providing office space, financial aid package, training, micro fund and network access to the investment community. (Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (Communications and Technology Branch, March 1999 through Wikipedia).

The first two plenary sessions (Plenary session 1 – Growth and Opportunities: The Next IP Development in Asia, and Plenary session II – The Future is Open: Managing and Commercializing IP Assets) were given in the morning during the first day of the forum, December 1, 2016. It was then followed by several breakout sessions in the afternoon. The second day was continued with the plenary session III – Looking into China’s 13th Five-year Plan: New Opportunities in the Innovation Era, and further breakout sessions were carried on after.

During the forum, concurrent sessions such as HKTDC InnoDesignTechExpo, HKTDC World SME Expo, the Hong Kong International Franchising Show as well as Business of Design Week were also strategically conducted in some other halls of the same Convention and Exhibition Center.

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Reported by Mr. Kenneth Ciudad with a report from Engr. Jeffrey T. Dellosa