Two of the inventions from Caraga State University were selected as finalists for this year’s Alfredo M. Yao (AMY) Intellectual Property (IP) Awards. The inventions were presented and demonstrated during the Finals Round last September 28, 2016 before a panel of judges primarily coming from the Philippine Chambers of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and representatives from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).
Sitting in the panel of judges were Mr. Jesus Varela, Chairman of the PCCI IP Committee; Mr. Renato Simbulan, Director-in-Charge for Housing and Construction at PCCI; Mr. Bernardo Benedicto, PCCI Treasurer; Director Epifanio Evasco, Bureau of Patents, IPOPHL; Engr. Raul Sabularse, Deputy Director, Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST); Atty. Ferdinand Negre, Partner at Bengzon Negre Untalan IP Law.
The inventions came from the outputs of the researches of Engr. Jefrey M. Bagasbas, a faculty member of the BS Agricultural Engineering (BSAE) program. The “Solar Dryer with Biomass back-up heater” was CSU’s entry for the professional category while “Fruit Opening Device” was the entry for the student’s category. There were three inventors for the Fruit Opening Device with Engr. Bagasbas as the lead inventor.
The Alfredo M. Yao (AMY) Intellectual Property (IP) Awards is conferred on Filipino-owned intellectual properties that have contributed or have the potential to contribute to economic development and social awareness. A candidate may be an individual or a group of individuals. The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) launched it in 2009. From then on, it has provided development and commercialization assistance to innovations that have received recognition.
According to the organizers, this year, 44 entries in the professional category and 28 in the collegiate category or a total of 72 were received but there were only 9 entries from the professionals and 4 from the students category that were considered as finalists. This meant that CSU got 2 slots out of the total 13 slots for this year’s competition.
From the results of the final judging, CSU’s entries landed at 4th place for both the professional and student’s categories.
Adamson University won the professional category, whereas, Samar State University won in the student’s category. The Grand Winners and First Runner Ups in both categories each will be given a trophy and Php150,000 and Php50,000 respectively. Awarding will be held during the 42nd Philippine Business Conference at the Marriott Hotel on October 12, 2016.