The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, NOTAP has donated Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office to Bayero University Kano, BUK, to enhance research, patent rights and national development.
At the commissioning ceremony, the Director General of NOTAP, Dr Dan’azumi Ibrahim said the equipment were to empower the university in the conduct of research and enhance its dream of becoming the best research institution in Africa.
“From now on Bayero University should begin to turn out patents from its research results. Most of the universities have turned their intellectual property into publication; they should combine them with patent.
“The adoption of this will not only show the economic tools of the University but will equally unveil its technological advancement,“ Dr Ibrahim stated.
He said the equipment installed which include; computers, internet facility and all other information technology equipment worth N30 million would increase intellectual property awareness in the University and be used to enhance communication between the researchers and NATOP headquarters in Abuja.
According to him, since 2006, the agency had observed low awareness of intellectual property protection against external encroachment at Nigerian universities.
He noted that there was no way research could be successful without protecting the institution that conducts it.
Dr Ibrahim was represented by Director Services in the agency, Dr Adamu Tandama.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Yahuza Bello expressed happiness for receiving the equipment, which he said would protect the school’s research and inventory works.
“The donation is timely as the university is aspiring to become a leading research institution in Africa,” he said
Proper use equipment
Professor Bello expressed readiness of the university to effectively utilise the equipment, urging the managers to ensure proper operation of the equipment.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Professor Haruna Wakili represented the Vice Chancellor Professor Bello.
NOTAP has also commenced training for the University staff on creation, management and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
As an agency, NOTAP has the responsibility of tracking the inflow of technology into the Nigeria and strategises for its adaptation and domestication. It also coordinates Nigeria’s initiatives in technology transfer; evaluation and registration of technology transfer agreements; promotion of innovation, patenting & intellectual property as well as technology advisory and support services; commercialisation of R&D results; research-industry linkage; production of compendium management information system; publication of project profiles on R&D results, among.