Intellectual Property and Technology Management Program (IPTM)

The Council does not only support the generation of health technologies but also caters to the protection, management, and utilization of these innovations. Through its Intellectual Property and Technology Management unit (IPTM), it offers a wide variety of services that will move your health technology from the lab to market launch. 

1. Intellectual Property Protection And Management Of Health Research Outputs Program (IProtech)

The IPROTECH Program aims to provide IP-related services and assistance to PCHRD RHRDC members to help them protect, commercialize, and manage their health innovations.

The program includes the following:

(1)  Development of an institutional IP policy – Proposals under this category may include capacity-building activities aimed at improving the institution’s awareness and appreciation of the Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009 (RA 10055) and DOST IP Policy. RDIs may invite their own resource speakers. PCHRD may also suggest potential resource speakers upon request of RDIs. Expected output is a drafted institutional IP Policy or an improved institutional IP Policy that is aligned with RA 10055 and DOST IP Policy.

(2) Establishment of institutional technology transfer processes – Assistance in establishing institutional technology transfer protocols is also provided under the program. RDIs may select their own mentors or request for recommendations from PCHRD. Expected output is a drafted institutional technology transfer protocol.

(3) Securing IP protection – RDIs belonging to PCHRD’s RHRDC with health innovations may apply for IP protection assistance. PCHRD may provide assistance in the filing of patent, utility model, PCT, NPE, trademark, industrial design, and copyright applications. Duly signed and notarized MOA with corresponding LIB, Research Agreements and Research Collaboration Agreements will be required.

(4) Securing IP valuation and FTO reports – PCHRD may also assist RHRDC members in obtaining valuation and FTO reports for their health innovations prior to commercialization. RDIs may seek recommendations for firms from PCHRD.

(5) Drafting licensing agreements – Proposals under this category may include payment for legal services pertaining to the review and drafting of licensing agreements.

2. Startup Research Grant Program (SGP)

In support of the operationalization of RA 11337, PCHRD created a Startup Research Grant Program under DOST SGF that aims to support research activities of startups in the health sector. It will provide financial support to qualified startups to conduct research activities aimed at:

1.Overcoming R&D roadblocks;
2.Strengthening intellectual property (IP);
3.Establishing initial market traction;
4.Refining business model; and/or
5.Scaling up production.

3. TEKI in Health or Technology Transformation and Empowerment of Knowledge Generators and Innovators in Health

TEKI in Health or Technology Transformation and Empowerment of Knowledge Generators and Innovators in Health, will aim to assist researchers and research institutions who plan to have their health or health care innovations utilized through community adoption or creation of spin-off companies. The program has two kinds of TEKI Hubs: 

(1)Community-based hubs (Community-based incubation for delivery of healthcare innovations) – Communities which implement innovations in health care delivery, embodying the principles of universal health care.

How to avail

This program can be availed by institutions and health researchers who have outputs from PCHRD-funded and monitored projects with potential for intellectual property protection and eventual commercialization.

Services offered:

1.Entrepreneurship mentoring
2.Documentation of Best Practices
3.Legal Counseling
4.Business Development and Marketing Assistance
5.Introduction to Networks

(2)Institution-based hubs (Technology Business Incubator for Health Technologies) – These are institutions where health innovation ideas are validated, incubated, and nurtured until these health innovations are ready for adoption by intended end-users.

Services offered:

1.Customer discovery assistance
2.Rapid prototyping and testing
3.Clinical testing
4.Business Plan/Business Model Canvas (BMC) Preparation
5.Advisory on Regulatory procedures (training on regulatory procedures for FDA registration)
6.Entrepreneurial training
7.Legal counseling
8.Space rental
9.Introduction to networks (Health Innovation Day)

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