WIPO-WTO Joint Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights and Transfer of Technology

(Geneva, November 17, 2003)

Speaker - Maripaz L. Perez

Dr. Perez joined the Socio-economics Research Division of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) right after graduating from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños in 1977. After completing her PhD in Economics specializing in Resource Economics and Marketing she left for the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA to pursue post doctoral studies in research priority setting and resource allocation. Upon her return she was appointed Division Chief of the Technology Development and Regional Coordination Division (TDRCD) of PCARRD in 1991.

Less than six months after her appointment she was promoted to become the Director of the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) the marketing and technology commercialization arm of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and later the coordinator and implementer of R.A. 7459 or the Inventor's and Inventiveness Act of the Philippines. She was instrumental in developing and implementing various programs and projects to fast track the commercialization of technologies generated by the DOST system including member agencies. It was during her stint as TAPI Director that TAPI was selected as one of the Ten Centers of Excellence in Government Service in the Philippines.

She was promoted to become the Assistant Secretary for R&D and Technology Transfer of DOST in 2000 and is now assisting the Department in implementing two strategic programs to enhance the transfer and commercialization of technologies and inventions from the S&T community.