The Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) is a nationwide activity conducted in different regions to highlight the role of the Filipino inventors in Philippine society and in the context of national economic development. The Invention Contest encourages inventors to use their inventive capability while competing for prestige and cash awards. The Regional Invention Contest serves as the qualifying round for the National Invention Contest, pursuant to Section 4 of the Republic Act No. 7459, also known as “Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines”.
The Regional Invention Contest is a competition open for both the public and private sector inventors and researchers within the Region. With this year’s theme “Inventions and Innovation for Sustainable Development”, talented Filipinos can compete in the following five (5) categories:
a) Outstanding Invention (Tuklas Award)
refers to any technical solution of a problem in any field of human activity which is new, involves an inventive step and is industrially applicable. It may be or relate to a product, or process, and their improvements and covered by invention patent still in force granted by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL)
b) Outstanding Utility Model
refers to any technical solution of a problem in any field of human activity which is new and industrially applicable, within the contemplation of the above statute and is covered by utility model registration with a valid registrability report still in force granted by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL)
c) Outstanding Industrial Design
refers to any composition of lines and colors or any three-dimensional form whether or not associated with lines or colors, provided, that such composition or form gives a special appearance to and can serve as pattern for an industrial product or handicraft and is covered by industrial design registration with valid registrability report still in force granted by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL)
d) Outstanding Creative Research (Likha Award)
refers to patent-pending inventions, registration pending utility models and industrial designs and research results not yet applied for a patent, utility model and industrial design registration. Eligible under this category is new and useful machines/devices/gadgets, products or processes or an improvement of any of the foregoing; and non-biological/microbiological processes not contrary to public order, morals, public health, and welfare. These are research results with demonstrable qualities and potential for improvement and/or widespread commercialization/ dissemination. It is divided into government-funded and private-funded.
e) Outstanding Student Creative Research (Sibol Award) for High School and College Students
refers to new and innovative projects/models developed by high school and college students that possess features and characteristics that may have a significant contribution to the promotion of S&T innovations that are not contrary to public order, morals, public health, and welfare.
Kindly submit personally all documents per entry in a long brown expandable envelope at any of the following offices not later than September 17, 2019 (5:00 PM):
a) DOST-NCR Regional Office
Address: DOST-NCR Bldg., DOST Compound, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City
Contact Persons: Ms. Aileen Fay M. Villegas / Ms. Rozanne Marie Z. Caparas
Contact No.: 519-8702 / 837-2071 local 2017
b) MUNTAPARLAS Clustered Area S&T Center
Address: 2/F Muntinlupa City Technical Institute (MCTI) Bldg., San Guillermo St., Brgy. Putatan, Muntinlupa City
Contact Persons: Ms. Camille Rose A. Nacar / Mr. Jansen Paolo S. Hernandez
Contact No.: 772-6157
c) PAMAMARISAN Clustered Area S&T Center
Address: 2/F Room 205, MAB Bldg., Rizal Technological University, Boni Ave., Brgy. Malamig, Mandaluyong City
Contact Persons: Ms. Aira Madeleine M. Recio / Ms. Rose Anne C. Fernandez
Contact No.: 529-0641
d) CAMANAVA Clustered Area S&T Center
Address: City of Malabon Polytechnic Institute (CMPI) Campus, Gov. Pascual Ave. cor. A. Reyes St., Brgy. Baritan, Malabon City
Contact Persons: Mr. Kevin R. De Ramos / Ms. Jonalyn L. Morales
Contact No.: 571-0403
For databasing purposes, we would appreciate if you can also bring a softcopy (.doc/.docx converted to .pdf file format) of the submitted documents or send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following subject: CATEGORY_School (ex. SIBOL_Taguig High School). Should you have concerns or clarifications, kindly contact the designated staff from the list above.
There’s more in store! Aside from certificates and plaques of recognition, cash awards await for the winners of the 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits. /DOST-NCR Website