The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) says the establishment of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) in Nigeria is driving market research demands in the country.
The IPTTOs sited by NOTAP in several tertiary and other institutions has triggered market and demand-driven research, Dr. DanAzumi Ibrahim, Director General of NOTAP says.
The NOTAP DG, who was represented by Mr. Adamu Tandama, the Director, Consultancy Services department in NOTAP, made this disclosure recently while commissioning the IPTTO in Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT).
According to him, IPTTOs were sited in Nigerian Universities, Polytechnic and Research Institutions to create awareness on the importance of Intellectual Property (IP).
NOTAP’s Ibrahim says Intellectual Property culture in Nigeria was low and for a country that aspires to be one of the leading economies in the world saying that “Nigeria should be an exporter of technology and not depend on foreign technologies.”
According to him, to encourage the development of indigenous technologies, NOTAP in partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), established IPTTOs in some selected Nigerian knowledge institutions in 2006.
NOTAP says there are a lot of inventive and innovative activities going on in Nigerian knowledge Institutions but not properly directed towards demand and market-driven research.
The establishment of IPPTO in Nigerian Universities, Polytechnics and Research Institutions will expose the researchers to over six million research results that serve as a guide to researchers in carrying out their work, according to NOTAP.
The DG says that while universities and research institutions in developed countries generate enough revenue from licensing and commercialization of their research results, “Nigerian knowledge Institutions waits for budgetary allocations.”
He wants the university community to maximize the opportunity offered by IPTTO to ensure that patents are generated for licensing and for eventual generation of funds for the institution.