DANAZUMI Ibrahim, the Director-General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), has established Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) in two universities in the country.
The development was disclosed in a statement by NOTAP’s Communication Officer, Mr Raymond Ogbu on Wednesday in Abuja.
Ibrahim said that the IPTTOs are in Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki and Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina.
NOTAP director-general was represented by Mr Adamu Tandam, the Director, Consultancy Services Department of the agency during the inauguration.
He said that IPTTO programme was initiated in 2006 in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) but became fully operational in 2007 with the establishment of five offices as pilot programmes.
He said the establishment of IPTTOs in some Nigerian knowledge institutions was to create awareness on the importance of Intellectual Property, its protection and to fast-track the technological advancement of the country.
He said that IPTTOs in universities would also help researchers to solve human needs, saying there was strong linkage between the academia and industry.
“Industry depends largely on the knowledge institution to solve their problems.’’
Ibrahim lamented the over dependence on foreign technology by the Nigerian economy.
“Over 90 per cent of the technology used in the country is foreign and this is unacceptable for a country that strives to be among the 20 richest nations of the world in the year 2020,’’ he said.
He urged the beneficiary universities to utilise the IPTTO to ensure that patents that would come out of the inventions would metamorphous into marketable products and services.
“If IPTTOs are properly utilised, Nigerian universities will no longer depend on government budgetary allocation but will begin to enjoy royalties from licensing of its intellectual property,’’ he said.
The Vice Chancellors of both Universities both thanked NOTAP for making their universities benefit from the IPTTO programme.
The Vice Chancellor of Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina, Prof. Idris Funtua promised that the equipment donated to the school by NOTAP for the IPTTO would be put into proper use.
He said that the university community had been challenged by this gesture and results were being expected from the institution.
Vice Chancellor Ebonyi State University Abakaliki Prof. Chigozie Ogbu, said setting up the IPTTO in Ebonyi State University would bring a lot of positive changes in the university.
“The university community will start enjoying the benefits of research as the IPTTO will refocus the mind of researchers towards problem solving research,’’ he said.
NAN reports that NOTAP has been establishing IPTTOs in institutions of higher learning in the country since 2006 to develop a robust intellectual Property Rights portfolio through patenting, copyright and technology licensing to support the institution’s initiative in developing patent culture.
It piloted the initiative by establishing IPTTOs in five institutions but the number of the institutions with the office has risen to 42 in 2018. (NAN)
– May 16, 2018 @ 16:09 GMT |