FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS):
1. What is the Inventors’ Organization Accreditation Program?
The Inventors’ Organization Accreditation Program provides recognition and incentives to accredited inventors’ organizations.
2. What are the objectives of the program?
1. To accredit inventors’ organization in preparation towards the recognition of an umbrella organization by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as required by law.
2. To accredit inventors’ organization to define the legitimacy of the inventors’ organization.
3. To accredit inventors’ organization to avail and enjoy certain privileges and benefits, such as but not limited to the following:
3.1 Issue certification for inventor-member applying for tax exemptions;
3.2 Receive financial assistance during NIW for exhibits and booths;
3.3 Join any scheduled accredited inventors ‘organization assembly;
3.4 Receive incentive in the form of financial assistance to implement projects for the benefit of the organization and its members.
3. Who can apply for accreditation?
The accreditation criteria for Inventors’ organizations are hereby prescribed as follows:
3.1 The organization must have a de jure (in law) or de facto (in fact) existence for at least one (1) year;
3.2 It must have at least three (3) members with active Patent/ Utility Model/ Industrial Design registration;
3.3 The members whose Patent/ Utility Model/ Industrial Design registration are submitted for criteria no. 2 can no longer be used by another inventors’ organization where they may also belong in applying for accreditation; and
3.4 No male and female member can be elected Officer and/or hold key position in more than one organization at the same time except for their own umbrella organizations.
4. What are the requirements to be submitted?
1. Endorsement letter signed by the President of an accredited inventors’ organization of which includes the following:
2. Curriculum Vitae of the implementors who will be involved in the activity;
3. Request Letter with Proposal providing the details of the activity, highlighting the effects/improvements to the organization resulting from the provided incentive. This may include but may not be limited to the increase in number of ideas and/or patents filed by the members, increase in the number products being promoted by the member inventors, etc.;
4. Proposed Line-Item Budget (LIB); and
5. Signed Commitment Form (attached as Annex B).
5. What are the incentives for accredited inventors’ organizations?
The incentive referred to in this Guidelines comes in the form of a financial grant in the maximum amount of one hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) per accredited inventor’s organization per year, subject to availability of funds, existing budgeting, and accounting and auditing laws, rules, and regulations, to be released to the beneficiary subject to the evaluation and approval of TAPI and only upon satisfying all of the following:
5.1 The proposed activity could stimulate creativity and innovativeness of the inventors/members of the organization; and which is NOT yet covered by any existing programs of TAPI;
5.2 The amount of grant shall be utilized for the conduct of only one activity per year to be co-implemented by at least five (5) but not more than ten (10) members of the organization; Provided that, if an activity is repeated, the same should be co-implemented by a different set of inventor-member;
5.3 A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between TAPI and the Accredited Inventor’s Organization shall be executed for the grant; and
5.4 All previous incentives are fully liquidated.
6. Who can avail these incentives?
Inventors’ organization with active accreditation status with TAPI may avail of this incentive.
7. What are the responsibilities of the beneficiaries?
The accredited inventors’ organization of this incentive is expected to issue an official receipt (OR) upon receipt of the incentive and submit a financial report and a completion report emphasizing the improvements done and the progress with respect to the proposal submitted to liquidate the incentive given. Further, the completion report must highlight at least ONE of the following when applicable:
1. Increase in the number of ideas/concept and/or IP applications filed by the implementors;
2. Number of prototypes produced;
3. List of publications made;
4. Number of products produced and are being promoted;
5. Places where products are being promoted;
6. Number of implementors of the assistance; and
7. Policies/protocols being formulated as a result of the assistance provided.
8. How can we apply for accreditation renewal?
Renewal of accreditation shall be made three (3) years from the date of issuance of accreditation. Request for renewal must be submitted to TAPI three (3) months before expiration.
9. For clarifications and/or more information please contact the following:
Engr. Richelle C. Malaay
Program Manager, Science Research Specialist II
Telephone Number: (+632) 8 837-2071 to 82, local 2166