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CSPPS implements policy monitoring study on the Technology Transfer Act

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by Vince Escarcha and Hannah Macuroy

The Center for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies of CPAf is currently conducting a study titled “Assessment of Stakeholders’ Compliance to the Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009 (RA 10055).” It is funded by PCAARRD through its Technology Transfer and Promotion Division.

The study aims to monitor stakeholders’ technology commercialization activities for 10 years since the law was passed. Specifically, it aims to identify the activities undertaken, problems encountered, and good practices done by research and development institutions (RDIs), state universities and colleges/higher education institutions (SUCs/HEIs), and government funding agencies (GFAs) in compliance with RA 10055; and assess the efficiency of these initiatives. Selected SUCs and RDIs are being surveyed to obtain necessary information for the study. Interviews are also being undertaken with key persons from GFA and other relevant agencies.

Technology transfer, or the transfer of the knowledge of a product or process from one party to another, is the direct link between research and society. One mode of knowledge transfer is through technology commercialization, which is the focus of RA10055. Technology commercialization provides better and more affordable products to the public and contributes to job creation through spin-offs/start-up companies or expansion. Technology transfer is thus an important process in innovation and national development. 

Implemented in 2010, RA10055 provides the legal framework in the dissemination and effective use and management of intellectual property and knowledge products from publicly funded research and development projects for the benefit of the larger society. However, there has been limited effort to systematically monitor and assess the utilization of the Technology Transfer Act among different stakeholders within the country’s agricultural innovation system. 

Preliminary results suggest that the majority of the universities interviewed and surveyed have put up their own knowledge transfer offices that are tasked to promote and facilitate technology transfer activities, technology licensing, and intellectual property (IP) management. However, these offices encounter various problems such as reluctance of researchers and inventors to disclose their technologies, difficulty in properly identifying the IP makers and/or contributors, low expertise in IP valuation, limited knowledge on the establishment of start-ups for researchers and inventors, and limited awareness of university constituents on the policy.

Hadji C. Jalotjot leads the implementation of the project with university researchers Dhanicca Amor M. Domingo and Francis John F. Faderogao as project staffs, CSPPS Director Dr. Merlyne M. Paunlagui as study leader, and Vince Ray SM. Escarcha and Hannah T. Macuroy as research associates. The policy monitoring project is expected to be completed by January 31, 2021.

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