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AIPO Engages in WIPO Asian Regional Conference for Life Science Innovation

The Ateneo Intellectual Property Office (AIPO) recently attended the WIPO Asian Regional Conference in Support of Accelerated Life Science Innovation Skill Development and Capacity Building held from September 11 to 15, 2023 at the Isla Ballroom of the EDSA, Shangri-La Hotel in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. The event was organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

WIPO Asian Regional Conference held at the EDSA Shangri-La, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

The conference brought together various stakeholders and representatives from WIPO, IPOPHL, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Department of Health (DOH), including members of the Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSO) network comprising both private and state universities and colleges, as well as research institutions from fourteen (14) countries in Asia: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

The AIPO Team with the members of the IPOPHL (from left to right: Mr Dindo Dumali, Mr Michael Junsay, Ms Mariela Alcaparas, Ms Madielaine Fatallo, Ms Vanessa Malapit, Mr Bryan James Erfe, and Mr Elijah Paul Luna)

The first day of the conference commenced with a comprehensive exploration of the challenges facing the life sciences innovation and technology transfer ecosystem. Attendees engaged in insightful discussions on WIPO's Accelerated Life Science Innovation initiative. The day's agenda also included an in-depth examination of program disclosure and protection requirements for inventions in the fields of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Additionally, the conference delved into the topic of Genetic Resources, covering aspects such as data search, compliance measures, protection, and IP management, along with discussions on models for voluntary out-licensing. A notable highlight was a roundtable discussion featuring insights from Asian countries on their experiences and best practices regarding searches, disclosure requirements, and the protection of inventions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.

The second day of the conference covered particular considerations on Life Sciences Patenting, Data Searches on Biological Sequences, and Data Searches on Pharma-related Chemical Compounds. A Patent Landscape Report on Covid-19 Vaccines and Therapeutics was also presented.

Day 3 covered discussions on IP Management and Technology Transfer in the Life Sciences, and Risk Finance for Life Sciences Innovation. Another key focus was the discussion on IP Valuation, exploring its role as a powerful management tool in the context of life sciences. The discussion was tailored to suit various stakeholders, including public research organizations and private corporations, with particular emphasis on small and medium-scale enterprises.

Day 4 of the conference was packed with engaging discussions that revolved around vital topics within the realm of life sciences and innovation. This includes discussions about Funding and Financing of Life Sciences and Innovation, A Guide to Patent Valuation in the field of Life Sciences, IP Policy Elements for Academic Institutions, and R&D Centers in the Life Sciences Context. They further showcased success stories in Open Innovation and Technology Transfer in Life Sciences and academe-government-industry collaboration in the Philippines. In addition, participants gained valuable knowledge about the WIPO Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms applicable to life sciences. To round out the day, there was an informative session on Building Effective Life Sciences Innovation Ecosystems, which drew from the European perspective and shared insights from Switzerland's experiences in this arena.

On the last day of the conference, the agenda continued to provide valuable insights into building effective life sciences innovation ecosystems, with a specific focus on the Asian perspective. Attendees had the privilege of learning from Singapore's experience and gaining a deeper understanding of how innovation ecosystems are thriving in the region. Furthermore, it featured discussions regarding essential IP policy elements tailored for academic institutions and research and development centers. The program also included informative sessions on Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISC) and Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) within the ASEAN region, offering a platform for sharing valuable country experiences and expertise. A round table discussion served as a dynamic forum for engaging and collaborative exchanges among participants.

Over 100 participants from different countries attended the event

(photo grabbed from the Official Facebook Page of IPOPHL)

The WIPO Asian Regional Conference was a significant step toward advancing innovation in the field of life sciences, particularly in health technologies. The conference also addressed topics related to intellectual property (IP) management and technology transfer, which are crucial for the development of innovative solutions in the life sciences sector. The participation of the AIPO in this conference underscored the commitment of Ateneo de Manila University to promoting innovation and intellectual property within and outside the Ateneo community.

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