The Department of Science and Technology’s Technology Application and Promotion Institute invites inventors, designers, creative researchers, and students in NCR and Regions 3 and 4 to join an invention contest to be held October 13-15, 2009 at the science complex in Bicutan, Taguig City.

      The contest’s four categories are invention, utility model, industrial design, and creative research. For the first three categories, entries must be products and designs patented at the Intellectual Property Office-Philippines.

      In the creative research category, entries must be researches with significant potential for extensive commercialization. College and high school students with new and innovative projects and models officially endorsed by school heads can participate in this category.

      Winners in all categories will receive P15,000 (1st prize), P10,000 (2nd prize), and P5,000 (3rd prize).

      Entry forms are available at TAPI or can be downloaded from, which should contain entry’s detailed information, complete patent/registration documents (invention, utility model, and industrial design only), and waiver. Deadline for entries is 5:00 PM on Sept. 25, 2009.

      Winners will be eligible for the National Invention Contest and Exhibits during the National Inventors Week on November 16-20, 2009 at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Roxas Blvd., Pasay City. National level winners will receive awards in various categories such as Tuklas Award (outstanding invention), Likha Award (outstanding utility model, outstanding industrial design, and outstanding creative research), and Sibol Award  (outstanding student creative research). Special awards are also at stake.

      This annual invention contest is DOST-TAPI’s promotional support to Filipino inventions based on RA 7459 or the “Investors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines.” TAPI is the country’s top agency in promoting technology commercialization and marketing of DOST services. For more information, please call TAPI’s Invention Development Division at (632) 838-1140 or log on to [Framelia V. Anonas, S&T Media Service]

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