THE Philippines and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help enhance the use of intellectual property in the Philippines.
Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) Director-General Josephine Santiago and WIPO Director-General Francis Gurry signed the MOU at the sidelines of the WIPO General Assemblies in Geneva.
The MOU dubbed “Towards Creating an Enabling Innovation Environment to Increase the Capacity for Intellectual Property and Technology Support” aims to support universities and research institutions strengthen their competencies on intellectual property, and university-industry collaboration, establish a network of technology professionals, and develop related support structures, among other objectives.
Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d’Affaires Maria Teresa Almojuela, who witnessed the signing ceremony, expressed appreciation to WIPO, which had been a longstanding partner of the Philippines in pursuing its development plans, including through the development of a National Intellectual Property Strategy for which WIPO itself provided technical support.
Meanwhile, the Philippines continued its active participation in the WIPO General Assemblies by successfully gaining a seat in the WIPO Coordination Committee, which would nominate the next Director-General in 2020.
Manila also hosted an exhibit on pineapple silk fibers with weaving and embroidery workshops and conducted a panel discussion about the protection offered by the Philippine government on traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.