Dr DanAzumi Ibrahim, the Director-General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) has urged higher institutions in the country to develop comprehensive intellectual property policy.

NOTAP’s Protocol Officer, Raymond Ogbu, said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Ogbu quoted Ibrahim as saying “It is important our higher institutions develop intellectual policies to strengthen the operations of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) established by NOTAP in over 42 higher institutions of learning in the country.”

The NOTAP boss also said that the policy would help to avoid problems associated with ownership of intellectual property between some institutions and researchers in Nigerian universities.

Ibrahim said a well scripted and comprehensive intellectual property policy was necessary to guide higher institutions to clearly spell out the ownership of any property.

He added that NOTAP, while carrying out registration of Technology Transfer Agreements as one of its mandates, realised that there was weak Intellectual Property culture in the country, especially in knowledge institutions.

According to him, the situation has resulted in poor technology development of the country but the establishment of IPTTOs in knowledge institutions will trigger innovative activities in the Country.

He said for a country to develop technologically, knowledge-based institutions must be abreast of global technology needs, hence the need to protect intellectual property.

He, therefore, challenged universities and other higher institutions who benefitted from IPTTO to properly utilise it to ensure that patents that would emanate from inventions metamorphosed to products and services.

Edited by Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu