Basic researches generate new industrial processes and awarded IP protection

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 08:17 AM    Views : 608by:Research Information Dissemination Division (RIDD)

The NRCP, led by its Executive Director, Dr. Marieta B. Sumagaysay (2nd from right) together with Ms. Cecille Baquireza and Beverly dela Cruz (3rd and 4th from right), was awarded the 3 Utility Model registrations for the new extraction of pectin from fruit wastes by Engr. Edgar I Garcia, TAPI Director (rightmost) and Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena. Div. Manager of TAPI's Invention Development Division.

Two (2) basic researches funded by the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) yielded new processes and had been awarded IP protection for Utility Model by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IP PHL) last January 29, 2017. Utility Model registrations were awarded for the new process on the extraction of pectin from wastes of three (3) fruits - pomelo, durian and jackfruit. Last 2014, a Utility Model registration was also given to the preservative treatment method of engineered bamboos. 

Pectin is a starch (heteropolysacharide) that occurs naturally in the cell walls of fruits and vegetables. It has several industrial applications such as medicine, gelling agent, thickening agent and stabilizer in food as it is generally and universally considered as safe for food use. There are several extraction procedures that have been developed in the past, but none of these pertain to the present utility model. What is also significant about the new process is the production of an industrially useful compound (pectin) from fruit wastes. The inventors of the process are  Monet M. Loquias, Erna C. Arollado and Kerstin Mariae G. Ponsaran of the University of the Philippines-Manila.

The preservative treatment method of engineered bamboos, on the other hand, ensures complete protection of bamboo-based materials against biodegradation. The inventors are Marina A. Alipon, Carlos M. Garcia and Elvina O. Bondad of the DOST's Forest Product Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI). 

Intellectual property rights (IPRs) are crucial to fostering innovation by providing a financial incentive to stimulate creativity, whereby inventors can reap the benefits from their inventions and will be more willing to invest in research and development. Specifically for the newly awarded Utility Models, the given term of registration is seven years of exclusive right throughout the Philippines to make, use, sell or import the utility models.

The NRCP is one of the Councils of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that promotes and supports basic and problem-oriented researches, particularly those which are multidisciplinary, in the sciences as well as in the humanities. It  identifies and provides solutions to national issues and problems, and generates new knowledge in preparation for the future.

The Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) also of DOST facilitates the application for IP protection and presented the Utility Model registrations to NRCP.


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