The University of San Agustin (USA) is proud to announce the inauguration and launching of its Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO), the intellectual property management division of the Office of Research.
As a higher education institution, USA has been championing research in Iloilo City in many fields of expertise, be it in medical technology and pharmacy, in chemistry and biology, in liberal arts, in business management and commerce, and in engineering and architecture.
The year 2018 is another one-of-the-many milestones that USA has achieved by launching its ITSO. Through the determined and tireless efforts of the USA President, Rev. Fr. Frederick C. Comendador, OSA, the USA ITSO office was formally launched on January 17, 2018 and was graced by the presence of Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) Director General, Atty. Josephine Rima-Santiago. During the launching ceremonies, Dir. Gen. Santiago gave a message about the importance of intellectual property protection. On this rare presence of Dir. Gen. Santiago, she was joined by USA administrators in a press conference that explained the benefits of intellectual property protection for the Filipinos.
Further, the formal launching of USA ITSO is a component of the realization of the vision of Dr. Jonel P. Saludes, Associate Vice President for Research, of transforming USA into a major research institution in the Philippines. This vision is supported through Global Initiatives 2020 (GI2020), a progressive plan to revolutionize academic research that serves as USA’s roadmap on achieving high research competency. Dr Saludes, a DOST Balik Scientist who is a highly acclaimed scientist in his own right with a number of IPs to his name, has earned his PhD from University of California and advanced training at University of Colorado and Washington State University before returning to the University.
The University, likewise, partnered and opened its doors to its new ITSO Director in the person of Dr. Assem el Baghdady, a medical doctor trained in Ireland and UK. Dr. Baghdady is an internationally respected pharmaceutical physician and has held senior executive roles in R&D and Medical Affairs in a number of pharmaceutical and biotech companies. He also serves as Managing Director of AlphaBeta Pharma, a drug development consultancy based in London.
Dr. Baghdady found his heart and home in research and embraced the thought of conducting research to improve the lives of not only those from his homeland but more importantly here in Iloilo, where his wife hails from.
Dr. Baghdady is ably supported by four (4) associates representing various fields of expertise who can cater to the intellectual property concerns of our stakeholders. Engr. Achilles Espaldon is an expert in Bio-Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceuticals, Materials Science and Engineering, and General Engineering and holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He is the Associate for Patents and Utility models. Gordon Q. Guillergan is an expert in Media, Communications, and Law and holds a degree in Law and a master’s degree in Business Administration. He is the Associate for communications and intellectual property legal matters. Mrs. Aneline P. Tolones is an expert in Chemistry and Natural Products and holds a master’s degree in Chemistry. She is the Associate for Research Training and Education. Architect Wilfredo Sy Jr. is an expert in Architecture, Design and Creative works and is a candidate for Masters in Urban Planning Architecture. He is the Associate for Copyright and Trademarks.
In the past 6 months, USA ITSO has succeeded in filing 6 trademarks, 2 copyrights, and 2 utility models. It also provides copyright, trademark, and patent filing services not only to USA employees and students but also to the general public, a service that is consistent with the university’s theme of “Caritas et Communitas”.
The University of San Agustin is pleased to inform everyone that USA ITSO is now open to serve Iloilo, Panay, and the entire region on filing copyright, trademark, and patent applications. USA ITSO office is located at the 2nd Floor of the Mendel Hall of the University of San Agustin. Come visit us or contact us via (033) 337-4841 to 44 loc. 290, (0908) 287-3373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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