The Quezon City University (QCU) and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) will sign on April 25, 2023 a Memorandum of Agreement on the establishment of the Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) in QCU.
To be held at the Executive Lounge, Quezon City Hall, the MOA Signing Ceremony will mark the forging of a stronger partnership between the two agencies in a bid to equip QCU with in-house patent libraries and foster the creation of intellectual property (IP) within the University to increase the national innovative output and to push the presence of local inventions in Quezon City in the international patent system.
Under the MOA, QCU and IPOPHL shall work together to (1) strengthen the institutional capacity of QCU to conduct patent search, patent drafting, and assistance in patent prosecution; (2) increase accessibility by the host institution to patent information; and (3) increase innovative and inventive outputs manifested by increased patent filing by or through the host institutions.
The Agreement shall take effect upon the signing of Quezon City Mayor Ma. Josefina G. Belmonte, Chairperson of the QCU Board of Regents, and Atty. Rowel S. Barba, Director-General of IPOPHL. Dr. Theresita V. Atienza, QCU President, and other University officials will also attend the event.
QCU, as the only local government higher education institution in Quezon City, envisions becoming the number one local university of employable graduates. As a CHED-recognized institution, QCU offers degree programs in accountancy, entrepreneurship, information technology, and engineering and is home to more than 10,000 students.
IPOPHL is the government agency mandated to administer and implement State policies on intellectual property (IP) to strengthen the protection of IP rights in the country.