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NOTAP Advocates Robust Intellectual Property Policy in Institutions

The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) has called for a robust Intellectual Property (IP) policy in Nigerian knowledge institutions.The information is contained in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of NOTAP, Mr Raymond Ogbu,  in Abuja yesterday.

Ogbu stated that the Director-General of NOTAP, Dr DanAzumi Ibrahim, made the call at the launch of Intellectual Property
and Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO) at Ebonyi State University.

The public relations officer quoted Ibrahim as saying “universities should come up with comprehensive IPTTO policy to
strengthen the operations of IPTTO offices and avoid problems associated with ownership of IP between the
institution and researchers in Nigerian universities.”

He emphasised that a well scripted and comprehensive IPTTO policy was necessary to guide universities to clearly spell
out the ownership of intellectual property.

Ibrahim said that in carrying out registration of Technology Transfer Agreements, NOTAP realised that there was weak
intellectual property culture in Nigeria, especially in knowledge institutions.

He added that “this situation has resulted in poor technology development of the country and the establishment of IPTTOs in knowledge institutions will trigger innovative activities.

“Over 90 per cent of technology that powers Nigerian economy are foreign and for a country that is striving to become one of the 20 strongest economies in the world, knowledge institutions should be more innovative to turn out research and development results that can solve industrial needs.”

He said that for a country to develop technologically, knowledge institutions must be abreast of global technology needs, stressing that there should be a strong and strategic linkage between the industry and the academia for this to happen.

Ibrahim said that technologies were outputs of inventive and innovative activities and research, stressing that such ventures were
the primary functions of knowledge institutions.

He frowned at the situation whereby multinationals operating in the country depended on their mother companies for research works, while Nigerian knowledge institutions carried out research for career progression were not solving problems of the industry.

He noted that “in developed countries, there is strong linkage between the academia and industry, as industries depend
largely on the knowledge institutions to solve their problems.”

Ibrahim, therefore, challenged universities to properly utilise the IPTTO to ensure that patents that would come out of the inventions metamorphosed into commercialisable products and services.

He emphasised that if IPTTOs were properly utilised, Nigerian universities would no longer depend on government budgetary allocation but would begin to enjoy royalties from licensing of intellectual property.

Vice Chancellor Ebonyi State University, Prof. Chigozie Ogbu, expressed happiness over the establishment of the IPTTO in the university.
He said that the launch of University IPTTO in the university would bring a lot of positive changes to the institution and the community.

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