FIS ACHIEVEMENTS THEN AND NOW
The FIS held the first “National Exhibition of Inventions” on February 12, 1955 at the National Development Corporation compound at Pureza Street, Sampaloc, Manila, to initially highlight the inventiveness of Filipinos. Subsequently, it secured Proclamation 187 declaring the celebration of the annual “National Inventors Week” which was amended under Proclamations No. 355 and 285 by President Fidel Ramos. This annual event has effectively enhanced the promotion and recognition of local inventions, innovations and technologies thru government-organized and privately-sponsored exhibits and expositions here and abroad.
FIS single-handedly lobbied for the passage of Republic Act 7459, otherwise known as the Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines giving more privileges than the previous RA 3850, as amended, and is being nationally implemented by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) thru the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Department of Finance, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
In 1988 FIS became a full voting member of the International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA) organized and assisted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and was represented at the conventions and symposia held in Malaysia, Beijing (PROC), Finland, USA, Switzerland, South Korea and other countries.
The voting power of FIS was dramatically demonstrated in the historic International Convention of Inventors Associations in Beijing, China, a general assembly of the IFIA attended by representatives of inventors organizations of over 80 countries including the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Sweden and Japan, held every two years.
FIS has also linked and signed up Memoranda of Agreement and Understanding with many government and private agencies and organizations such as the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Postharvest Research and Extension, Department of Agriculture RFU 5, Meganomics Specialists International, Inc., ADTECH Group, KASAMA and SAGIP Environment, Inc., Technology and Livelihood Resource Center and TechAIR Global currently has technical working groups engaged in “techno-pool” joint-effort endeavors and projects in the interest of national technological progress and consequential economic uptliftment.
FIS initiated/participated with various academic institutions such as the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De la Salle University, and the Technological Universities of the Philippines in research and development policy formulation and advocacy.
FIS formed the Filipino Multi-purpose Cooperative, duly registered with the Cooperative Development Authority to provide an outlet for marketable and commercially viable inventions/innovations.
FIS today boasts of a wide spectrum of inventive/innovative talents and capabilities from low to high end technologies that can address all areas of agricultural, industrial, housing, ecological, energy conservation, power management, and economic concerns. It has put in place idea generators and the means by which viable ideas can be quickly developed and promoted with the help of industrial designers, skilled entrepreneurs and experienced managerial executors.
THE FILIPINO INVENTORS' SOCIETY DIAMOND JUBILEE
Grand FIS Diamond Jubilee Concert Hall of Fame Awards Night celebration of the 60th year of the historic Society since its heroic days of organization in 1943 held on December 6, 2003 at Crossroads 77 Convenarium Diliman, Quezon City.
With the involvement of the Filipino Inventors Society, the following treaties were initiated and established:
• Patent Cooperation Treaty (PACT)
(internationally participated by 148 countries including the Philippines)
• Asia-Pacific Cooperation Treaty (ASPACT)
(regional version of PACT)
• Asia-Pacific Federation of Inventors’ Associations (APFIA)
(regional version of IFIA participated by 8 countries including the Philippines)