This time, the Monitoring and Evaluation of Research and Community Service of the Akamigas PEM was held at Swiss Belinn Surabaya (29/09) with the theme “Tips for Obtaining Intellectual Property Rights” with resource persons Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Irmina Kris Murwani, Head of Center for Management of Intellectual Property Rights at LPPM ITS Surabaya.

In his opening remarks, Director of PEM Akamigas, Prof. Dr. R.Y. Perry Burhan, M.Sc. said that according to the message of the Head of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the lecturers must conduct research that can be applied. For that we invite Prof. Irmina is to provide enlightenment about IPR and patents.

Starting the material, Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Irmina Kris Murwani gave an explanation of what IPR is (Intellectual Property Rights). Irmina confirmed the misconceptions held by researchers in general on IPR and patents.

Even Irmina gave an example that the patent was not something special, big or new by showing a rice bowl. According to the woman who took her doctoral program at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, this simple thing like rice cake can become a patent. Centong rice, which has been around since ancient times, is now only added with granules protruding at the surface of the cake. And it makes the centong difficult to wash because dry rice is attached to the center of the cake, it becomes very easy to clean. Apparently, the rough surface with the granules gives the distance and air between the rice and the centong surface.

There are many more examples of simple innovations delivered by Irmina who can make patents. Because according to Irmina, intellectual work is born at the expense of time, energy, thought and even costs. The existence of these sacrifices makes the work produced has a value, if added to the economic benefits that can be enjoyed, inherent economic value fosters a conception of ownership of these intellectual works. That’s what became a patent.