DLSU Innovation and Technology Office


Vision

De La Salle University Innovation and Technology Office (DITO) is a university-based organization that aims to be the leading advocate and excellent provider of intellectual property (IP), knowledge and technology transfer services in Southeast Asia to benefit society for the common good.


Mission

To support the creation and development of innovative and creative products and services that would help improve the lives of the community and the society attuned to a sustainable Earth, especially the poor and marginalized.


Specific Missions:


  1. To support the DLSU Intellectual Property Office (DIPO) in promoting respect for intellectual property (IP)
  2. To transform the La Sallian community into a source of Intellectual property-generating research,
  3. To help creators or inventors in protecting their intellectual property rights and assisting them in the commercialization of their products or services;
  4. To establish linkages between the academe, government and the industry in order to create market-driven solutions that address societal concerns;
  5. To transfer commercialization and incubation functions to Animo Labs.

Goals for the next Academic Year:


  1. Increase IP awareness up to 30% of the academic community;
  2. Engagement of students and faculty in idea generation intellectual property and protection and commercialization;
  3. To receive and process at least 10 disclosures annually;
  4. To file 5 patent applications annually;
  5. To have 1 patent granted annually, increasing 20% annually;
  6. To have 1 commercialized technology annually;
  7. To have 1 innovation fair annually;
  8. To establish Animo Labs as the business incubator facility of the university;

Goals Attained:


  1. Increase IP awareness up to 30% of the academic community;
  2. Engagement of students and faculty in idea generation intellectual property and protection and commercialization;
  3. To have 1 patent granted
  4. To have 1 innovation fair annually;
  5. To establish Animo Labs as the business incubator facility of the university;

Background

In 2008, DLSU was among the first private universities in the Philippines to establish an Intellectual Property (IP) Office,and to draft and implement a set of comprehensive policies on Intellectual Property (IP). DLSU has also set the record for being the first university to set up the Intellectual Property Advocates (IPA), a student organization that promotes within its ranks greater awareness of and respect for IP. The IPO Philippines Director General Ricardo R. Blancaflor complimented DLSU on these achievements and expressed hope that other schools, colleges, and universities would replicate DLSU’s IP initiatives.

The need to formalize DLSU’s IP practices in a document was deemed important in 2004 when the first IP Policy for DLSU came into being. In 2006, the Office of the Associate Director for Intellectual Property (AIPO) was established with the mandate to “develop an intellectual property strategy for La Salle”, and “assist faculty and students in filing for protection of intellectual property”. The AIPO was envisioned, among others, “to educate the academic Community on the important role of IP protection in securing inventions, facilitating technology transfer, and encouraging inventors to disclose their work”. The AIPO was under the once of the Vice-Chancellor for Research (VCR).

In 2008, the AIP0 was reorganized into the DLSU Intellectual Property Office (DIPO) still under the Office of the VCR. Then, in AY 201 1-2012, the DIPO was placed under the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Learning. The move further strengthened its capability to fulfill its mandate. It was tasked to review and refine the initial set of policies to make it more comprehensive and enable the university to better promote and encourage creativity, excellence, and innovation in research and other scholarly endeavors. To better reflect the interests of the members of the academic community, especially among the faculty and students, the policies underwent another round of revisions in 2009. In 2010, the DIPO also formulated the corresponding set of implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on IP and thus made a new round of revisions on the previous IP policies. Both the revised set of policies and the IRR were approved by the Vice Chancellor for Academics and Research (VCAR) Council in the same year. The policies include a definition of key IP terms, coverage and ownership of IP, and functions of the DIPO and IP offenses.