Nueva Ecija All Set for IT-BPO; Need patent info? Go to these DOST offices and
Posted on September 14th By fram anonas (s&t media service-dost)
According to Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali; “Our province has made significant strides to becoming a Next Wave City. We are the first province in the Philippines to come out with a Private Public Partnership Code as an incentive for potential IT locators. We are also looking at developing a significant portion of the Old Capitol site into an IT-BPO Hub. And on the talent development side, our Language Skills Institute is training Novo Ecijanos to communicate in various foreign languages.”
Testimonials and presentations from industry practitioners and professionals were given to the more than 3,000 students from various colleges and universities in the province in attendance at the event. BPAP Executive Director for Talent Development Penny Bongato encouraged students to look at pursuing a career in IT-BPO; “The jobs that Filipinos look for abroad are being brought to the Philippines through IT-BPO, enabling Filipinos to work abroad but live here”, Ms. Bongato said.
The IT-BPO road show titled “ICT Roadshow in the Next Wave Cities: Harnessing ICT for a Smarter Countryside” is organized by the Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology along with local ICT Councils such as the IT/BPO Tech-Novo Ecijano Association, Inc. in cooperation with IT-BPO industry associations: Business Outsourcing Association of the Philippines (BPAP), Call Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP), Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), Game Developers Association of the Philippines, Animation Council of the Philippines (ACPI) and the Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing Association of the Philippines (HIMOAP)
The next leg of the ICT Roadshow in the Next Wave Cities will be on 13-14 September 2012, in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
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Neuva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali and Vice Governor GP Padiernos address the crowd of more than 3,000 students at the ICT Roadshow in the Next Wave Cities, an event promoting Next Wave Cities or locations or new destinations for BPO companies looking to expand their operations outside established IT-BPO hubs like Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Clark.
Researchers and inventors who need patent information can now go to any of the three Department of Science and Technology agencies that have patent libraries. Formally called the Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSO), these patent libraries can be found in DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute and DOST-National Capital Region in Bicutan Taguig City, and the DOST-Technology Resource Center in EDSA, Guadalupe, Makati City.
Patent libraries help universities and research institutions to access patent information and make use of the patent system.
“Patent information is very important to researchers and inventors,” said DOST Secretary Mario Montejo. “Information guides them in the research and development process to optimize resources and minimize loss.”
Through the patent libraries, people seeking patent information would know if a patent has been filed for a certain technology. These specialized libraries also provide information on the distinctions of technologies that appear to be somewhat similar. They are also sources of information on what is new (the invention) and on what is already known (the state-of-the-art). Patent documents also generally contain information that can not be disclosed in any other form of literature.
Patent document can also serve as basis for other inventors or researchers to innovate or apply new developments on current technologies.
The establishment of ITSOs in various R&D institutions is an initiative of the Intellectual Property of the Philippines. The ITSO network, including the said three DOST offices, will be under the supervision of IPOPHIL. The network will build the institutional capacity of universities, R&D entities, government field offices, industry service providers, consultants and associations to teach and conduct, on their own, patent searches and patent drafting, and provide assistance in patent prosecution.
Thus, through the ITSOs, individuals needing patent information can have access to a patent search facility and library for patent information, undergo skills training in patent searching, request patent search services; and be included in the organization of community of patent information users.
ITSOs will also assist clients in rendering intellectual property audit and evaluation services, and in providing licensing support and advice of patent-related documents, papers and statistics.
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