The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) says it plans to partner with the trademark registry, in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment towards accelerating patents registration for researchers.
Dr Danazumi Ibrahim, NOTAP Director-General said this while receiving the Registrar, trademark registry, Mr Shafiu Yauri, on Monday in Abuja.
Ibrahim said that the pattern of consumption of goods and services in Nigeria was import-dependent with a negative effect on the nation’s foreign reserve and that the only solution was to reduce consumption of foreign items.
The NOTAP boss said that for the economy to improve at a sustainable level, the nation’s research and development must translate into products and services.
Ibrahim said that the organisation was focused on assisting researchers to patent their technologies through collaboration with the registry.
He said that NOTAP intervention in the area of patent promotion had yielded positive results with the attendant increase in patents secured by researchers over the years.
“There has been an increase in patents from six in 2015 to 16 in 2016 and from 50 in 2017 to 55 in 2018 and 57 in 2019.
“NOTAP will like to see products being developed by local researchers who will improve them for export,” he said.
Yauri said that the visit was aimed at seeking partnership with NOTAP towards large scale commercialisation of research products
“We do not only sensitise and educate but establish a relationship that will make it easy for scientists and researchers to protect their trademarks in the trademark registry,” he said.
The registrar said that the registry was the gateway to the market for researchers and appealed that a desk officer from NOTAP be deployed to handle trademark application cases. (NAN)
– Nov. 16, 2020 @ 16:39 GMT |