From August 27 to 31, 2018, a series of workshops on “Appropriate Technology and Intellectual Property” was held in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh.

Under the authorization of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Office of Intellectual Property (IPIP) in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) , Vietnam Television (VTV2) organized the “2018 Patent Competition” with the theme “Creating Technology for Everyday Life” on the national scale. From August 27 to 31, 2018, the Department of Intellectual Property has cooperated with WIPO and related agencies to organize a series of workshops on “Suitable Technology and Intellectual Property” in Ha Noi. Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City (Hanoi: August 27, 2018, Da Nang: August 29, 2018, Ho Chi Minh City: August 31, 2018).

Attending the seminar was Mr. Phan Ngan Son, Deputy Director General of the IP Office, Mr. Taemin Eom, Expert Adviser, Asia Pacific Department, WIPO, Junho Shin, Head of National Examination and Examination Department PCT 1, KIPO, together with delegates from Ministries, Departments of Science and Technology, provinces, research institutes, universities, businesses, inventors and Newspapers and magazines in the country.

The purpose of the 2018 Patent Competition is to encourage creative work to create new, widely applicable, easy and cost-effective technologies to meet the needs of life, contributing to the socio-economic development of the country. The National Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), in collaboration with WIPO and other relevant agencies, organized a series of Symposium on Appropriate Technology and Intellectual Property in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. To instruct organizations and individuals to understand the objectives, meanings, conditions and procedures for participating in the contest, to exploit and use information of the invention in order to perfect / create technical solutions. Competition and answer questions related to the Contest.

Speaking at the opening of the seminar, Mr. Phan Ngan Son, Deputy Director of the Department of Intellectual Property stated clearly the purpose and significance of the 2018 Patent Competition and believed that with the success of the two 2013 and 2014 Patent Contests , The 2018 Patent Competition will continue to attract the participation of a large number of organizations, individuals, and inventors. This is not only an opportunity for the inventor to express his or her creative capacity, but also an opportunity to connect business opportunities and commercialization of valuable technical solutions to enterprises and entrepreneurs. private and domestic.

Taemin Eom, Advisory Specialist, Department of Asia-Pacific, WIPO, introduced the 2018 Patent Competition, experience and results from the previous Contests. The Patent Competition is an event organized jointly by WIPO, KIPO and the Intellectual Property Office of Developing Countries. Since 2011, 15 competitions have been held in 12 different countries, attracting more than 1,500 entries. In Vietnam, the 2013 Patent Competition and the 2014 Patent Competition have attracted many organizations and individuals to participate in many valuable technical, application and economic benefits. Typically, the rice harvesting and threshing solution of Mr. Pham Hoang Thang (winner of the 2013 Patent Competition) and Nguyen Long Uy Bao’s Special Patient Bed (won the Patent Competition 2014).

To help organizations, businesses and innovators better understand the technology, Nguyen Thi Thu Hien, Deputy Director, Information Division of the NOIP provided information on the challenges and opportunities for The development and commercialization of technology is appropriate for Vietnam. According to Hien, appropriate technology is an effective technology for where technology is used and often involves skills or materials available locally, which are often energy-efficient and user-friendly. The environment and cost are not high. At present, the development and commercialization of appropriate technology in Vietnam is still limited and challenging. One of them is the creative need and the creative process is spontaneous, not systematic. Document research, patent information search can be ignored by the inventor, leading to duplication of research due to lack of information. Therefore, there are many training courses to raise awareness on intellectual property and innovation for the whole society. At the same time, it is necessary to disseminate the skills of exploiting patent information to researchers, inventors and students of universities and to promote the connection of technology supply and demand in order to facilitate the commercialization of technology. fit.

In order to clarify the importance of the use of patent information in research and development, Junho Shin, Head of the International Preliminary Examination and Testing Office (PCT), KIPO, Overview of patent information and instructions on how to look up patent information on foreign databases such as WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE, EPO’s ESPACENET, KIPO’s KIPRIS, USPTO’s PatIP, JPO’s J-PlatPat. and PSS of SIPO. At the same time, Mr. Junho Shin highlighted the benefits of using a patent overview report, a patent map in the research process, and building a business production strategy. Patent information is of paramount importance, as it can be said, “Do not look up patent information in R & D, just like not checking your red book when buying a home.”
With the theme of “Using patented information to develop appropriate technology and success stories,” Mr. Junho Shin has drawn on the success stories of KIPO’s consistent technology development, experience in commercialization and dissemination of appropriate technology. Accordingly, the commercialization of appropriate technology should be carried out in a systematic manner, with plans and roadmaps to achieve the goal. He also highlighted the benefits of linking supply and demand, creating sustainable development for local businesses.

At the discussion sessions, the participants had questions and heated discussions about the appropriate technology development in Vietnam, the novelty of the invention as well as the understanding of regulations and forms. of the competition. Participants also emphasized that communication activities will play a significant role in propagating the 2018 Patent Competition, thereby raising awareness of appropriate technology and intellectual property for the whole society.

At the closing ceremony of the workshop, Mr. Ngan Ngan Son, Deputy Director General of the Department of Intellectual Property would like to thank the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) Vietnam Television (VTV2) has participated in organizing the Contest as well as this series of seminars. It is hoped that the contest will contribute to promoting the development of science and technology as well as intellectual property activities in Vietnam.