The Ateneo Intellectual Property Office (AIPO) conducted a FREE 4-day workshop on Patent Search and Patent Drafting held on October 18, 21, 25, and 28, 2022. This workshop was attended by students, faculty, and staff from inside and outside the Ateneo community who are interested in learning and improving their patent searching and drafting skills.
The Patent Workshop was conducted virtually, via Zoom and was composed of the following webinars:
Day 1 - Understanding IP Basics / Conducting Literature Review
Day 2 - Prior Art Search / Invention Spotting
Day 3 - Patent Drafting (Claims)
Day 4 - Patent Drafting (Specifications)
The main objective of the workshop was to inspire and encourage participants to conduct a prior art search for their ideas or technologies and then eventually apply for intellectual property (IP) protection. Specifically, the workshop aims to (1) understand the basics of IP; (2) learn to use patent databases and find out how to spot an invention; (3) know the various claim drafting guidelines; and (4) learn how to write the patent specifications.
The Protection and Education Group (PEG) of the AIPO, represented by its Research Officer, Ms Madielaine Palor RMT, the Department Head, Ms Vanessa Malapit MSc, and the AIPO Director, Dr Jon Fernandez, delivered the first session on October 18. There were 38 attendees in the workshop, where they were able to understand IP and its various forms. An actual patent search was also demonstrated to introduce the attendees to the different patent databases and conduct a prior art search on their own ideas or technologies.
Day 1 Participants of the Patent Search and Patent Drafting Workshop
On Day 2, conducted on October 21, participants were able to present their prior art search outputs. After the presentation, participants learned how to spot an invention by assessing whether their ideas or technologies have any inventive features through the use of an invention-spotting matrix.
Day 2 Participants of the Patent Search and Patent Drafting Workshop
The third session, which was held on October 25, provided an introduction to the claim-drafting guidelines that reflect the scope and limitations of the invention. Also, during Day 3, some of the participants were able to present their spotting of the invention outputs.
Day 3 Participants of the Patent Search and Patent Drafting Workshop
The fourth and last session, which was held on October 28, focused on drafting of the patent document – a review and continuation of the claim-drafting discussion, and writing of the patent specifications. As part of the exercises, the participants submitted their claim drafting outputs and presented them on Day 4.
Day 4 Participants of the Patent Search and Patent Drafting Workshop
At the end of the workshop, the participants are expected to draft an initial patent search report on their ideas or technologies. One participant from among those who submitted a draft will be chosen by AIPO to receive free IP assistance as part of its mission to encourage researchers, both inside and outside the Ateneo community, to seek IP protection for their ideas or technologies.
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