FG Sets Up IPTTO Office In Ebonyi To Check Copyright, Others

By Obinna Uchendu, Abakaliki

The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, NOTAP has established an Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office IPTTO at the Alex-Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State to deal with issues of copyright and patents in research and innovative ideas.

The Director-General of NOTAP, Dr. Danazumi Mohammed Ibrahim while inuagutaing the office stated that lecturers, researchers and other innovators within and outside the southeast zone will make use of the Office.

Dr. Ibrahim said that NOTAP was established by the Nigerian Government to promote the development of locally motivated technologies as well as encourage the utilization of indigenous technologies through registration of Technology Transfer Agreement.

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NOTAP Director General represented by the Director of Corporate Planning, Mrs. Idereyin Imiyoho stated that the establishment of IPTTO is to facilitate Research and Development activities in Nigeria as well as by providing relevant assistance to Nigerian researchers.

Dr. Ibrahim regretted that there are several gaps within the system that hamper research,j development and innovation adding that the major gap is the limited interaction between the research community and industries.

He pointed out that the need to bridge the gaps necessitated the establishing of 55 IPTTO in different tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

Earlier in an address, the Vice-Chancellor, Alex-Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Prof Sunday Elom said that the institution is committed to academic excellence benched on research, development and innovation.

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According to him; “It is the plan of my administration to promote production-led research, geared towards providing solutions to the array of problems confronting our society”.

“We will continue to invest relevant human and material resources as well as the needed infrastructure to make the dream a reality”.

Prof Elom who described as timely the theme “Towards the Enhancement of Intellectual Property Culture and Innovation” noted that the 2-day training session is aimed at equipping the university’s scholars and innovators with the relevant knowledge.

He stated that the areas to focus includes, intellectual property policy, intellectual property documentation, patent data bases and search techniques, and drafting of patent specification.

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The Vice-Chancellor commended the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. B Ogbonnaya Onu for supporting the collaboration between the University and NOTAP.

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