At the heart of UnRIC’s philosophy is the notion of utilizing “Collaboration as an Innovation Strategy” to induce positive change within SLU and its communities. Collaboration and Innovation are at the heart of the University’s Research Culture.

UnRIC’s Technology Transfer Officer aims to encourage faculty members to protect and commercialize their creative outputs, inventions and innovations. An academic publication is one path to protect and promote intellectual and scientific discoveries. The TechTrasfer Office aims to enable practical applications based on our faculty’s academic work. This can be achieved by patenting novel creations or licensing an innovative approach to interested adopters. The economic value of an idea is not the main focus, as the the TechTransfer Office also strongly advocates and supports social and non-commercial licenses.

Annual training opportunities on IP and IP protection are part of this Office’s service to SLU staff and faculty.

We assist SLU faculty and students in protecting their intellectual outputs

These services are open to all Saint Louis University researchers, including students. Inquire at our office to learn more about the different types of IP and how we might be able to protect and promote your specific creative, academic or scientific output. Here is an overview of the five main types of IP certificates that are available in the Philippines.  


For a short period, copyright grants authors of creative work the exclusive right to use and replicate that material, after which the copyrighted object becomes public domain.


Patents protect innovations for a certain period. Examples of patented materials are Industrial processes, machinery, and chemical positions.


Trademark protects the content used to determine one person’s or company’s work from another. These items contain words, phrases, or symbols not protected by copyright rules, such as logos, slogans, and brand names.

Utility Model

A utility model is a patent that protects ideas that do not meet the creative criterion. It is any novel and industrially relevant technical solution to a problem in any sphere of human activity.

Industrial Design

The decorative or aesthetic qualities are protected by industrial design authorization. It is primarily concerned with two- or three-dimensional characteristics that are unusual.

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