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NOTAP urges higher institutions to develop intellectual property policy

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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

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Ondo LG to sanction cenotaph abusers

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Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo on Wednesday says it will sanction youths using cenotaph in the area as hideout for drug abuse.

Mr Abayomi Adesanya, the council’s Caretaker Chairman, who stated this in Okitipupa when members of the Nigerian Legion paid him a courtesy visit, said that the cenotaph must not be abused.

“The cenotaph is an historical ground that must be preserved because the labour of the fallen and standing heroes must not be in vain.

“Efforts are on to checkmate the unlawful activities of some youths who engage in illicit drug abuse as well as using the cenotaph as hideout,’’ he said.

Adesanya said that it was imperative for security agencies to work together to checkmate issues of insecurity in the area and the state.

The council boss said that his administration would ensure that drug abuse, stealing, kidnapping and other criminal acts in the area were reduced.

“Efforts are in place to review the security architecture of the council, with the help of security agencies to reduce security breaches in and around the council.

“I appreciate the synergy that exists among security agencies, especially the Nigeria Army and Police, but we want more synergy for our council to be a safe haven for all,” he said.

Chief Ola Aiyeku, the Life Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Okitipupa branch, thanked Adesanya for his commitment to providing adequate security in the area.

Aiyeku said that the Nigerian Legion was willing to work closely with other security agencies.

He urged the council to put a gate at the entrance of the cenotaph, deploy some of its staff to watch over and keep the environment clean at all times.

Aiyeku also advised Adesanya to hold the yearly Armed Forces Remembrance thanksgiving service at the Nigerian Army, 19 Battallion Barracks in Okitipupa, instead of the usual church service.

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Research: NOTAP seeks partnership with academia, industry

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Dr Danazumi Ibrahim, Director General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) has called strong partnership between the academia and the industry to promote research.

Ibrahim, who spoke in Abuja at the inaugural meeting of the Igbinedion University Industry-Academia Board Meeting, decried the situation where the country cannot grow with over 90 per cent of her technology imported into the country.

He said there was need for the partnership in order to generate local technologies capable of translating into products and services for national development.

He added that unless the academia and the industry come together, the research and development efforts of the country cannot lead to economic development.

According to him, our quest to develop economically cannot be unconnected with the need to establish a very strong bond between the academia and the industry.

“ Nigeria is a country that is developing but more than 90 per cent of the technologies are imported, there is no way a country will develop by continuing in people’s technology.

“We have to generate our own technology; we need to begin to develop local technologies. We have competencies in the universities, polytechnics and research establishment.

“We cannot continue to rely on international technology. Technology is what demarcate between developed and developing countries and the product of the technology emanates from the academia.

“If universities come up with technologies and those technologies are not taken up by the industries, we will have no economic value.

“ So the essence of this board is to see how we synergise and bring in the necessary linkages between the academia and the industry so that what is coming out from the academia is now translated to products and services by the industry,’’ he said.

Ibrahim, therefore, commended the university’s foresight as it was desirous of establishing linkages that has the potential of growing and earning resources outside their budget.

He, however, called for more funding into the country’s educational sector in order for research to take the lead in reshaping the country.

“The scenario in Nigeria is so pathetic. This is because like any other sector, the education sector is not well funded and when this happen, the research and development is most affected.

“ We don’t have enough funds to undertake research. Many academias used their own money to sponsor research and also publish to get promoted.

“ So when you don’t have funds to undertake research, what comes out eventually may not translate to products and services that will benefit the country,’’ he added.

Ibrahim urged universities to always develop their competencies to reach out to the industries while also protecting their intellectual assets.

Meanwhile, Prof. Charity Emaviwe, a professor of Law, Igbinedion University Okada, emphasised the need for Universities, Industries and Government to meet to foster economic and national development through research.

Emaviwe, who is also a member of the board, said the university was working towards strengthening the established Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with industries to promote development in the country.

“ The food that is being cooked in the Universities is research, but who is going to eat the food? The people that will eat the food are in the industries because they are the end users.

“ So it is important for the Universities to know the type of food that can be cooked in the industry. So what we do is to go to the Industries and find out what is their challenges and then come back to the University for solutions.

“Also, through the government, there can be regulation of the relationship between the academia and the industries.’’

Also, Dr Queeneth Omoyibo, Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the university said that acceptability of academia by the industry had been a major challenge which must be addressed.

Omoyibo called on NOTAP to come in as a way of showcasing the ideas of the academia to the industries.

 

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NOTAP reiterates commitment to building local capacity for software development

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The National Office For Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) on Thursday reiterated its commitment to assist the country in building local capacity for software.

Dr DanAzumi Ibrahim, Director-General, NOTAP said this in a news conference in Abuja, observing that the office could stimulate the development through the local vendor policy.

Local policy is instituted by NOTAP in partnership with relevant stakeholders, especially National Information Development Agency (NITDA) to build the needed human capacity for software development and reduce our dependence on imported software.

He decried the situation whereby most of the country’s operations depend largely on foreign software with resultant huge capital flight.

Ibrahim, therefore, said that the local vendor policy initiated by NOTAP would build the needed human capacity for software development in the country.

He noted that NOTAP registered technology transfer agreement coming into the country as part of its mandate.

“For any software agreement, the agency insists that its deployment must involve a local vendor who will get 40 per cent of the yearly service or maintenance fee.

“Before any software agreement between the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Nigerian company is registered by NOTAP, a Nigerian IT company must be involved in the deployment and maintenance of that software.

“This strategy gives the necessary exposure and experience to Nigerian IT professionals on software application and development,” Ibrahim said.

He said: “40 per cent of annual technical support fee which is between 12 and 13 per cent of the licensing fee of the software must be given to the Nigerian IT firm while the OEM takes 60 per cent.

“This has provided the IT companies the financial support to acquire the needed infrastructure.

“Through this policy, capacities of Nigerians are being developed and some of the local IT firms have started exporting software to some African countries”.

He expressed concern that 90 per cent of technology that power Nigerian economy were imported and urged Nigerians to patronise made-in-Nigerian goods.

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NOTAP encourages use of local technology to promote local industry —DG

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The Director-General,  National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr Dan-Azumi Ibrahim has said that the agency had continued to encourage people to use local technology to promote local industries.

 

Ibrahim, who  stated this during an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Abuja, said that the agency had also been supporting the growth of local industries by refusing to approve importation of technological services.

 

“ Most times, when Nigerian entrepreneurs enter into technology transfer agreement with their foreign counterparts, the agreements are drafted in such a way that indigenous technologists/service providers do not benefit.

“Rather, expatriates will be deployed to execute jobs that Nigerian technologists are competent enough to handle.

 

“Through NOTAP intervention, such agreements are not approved unless redrafted to take care of indigenous technologists/skills,” he said.

 

The director-general said the intervention was also to stop capital flight as well as help improve upon the services that could be rendered by Nigerian technologists.

 

He said that stopping total reliance on foreign technology would ensure the acceleration of Nigeria’s technological revolution and encourage the growth of local technology.

 

“ Through efficient assimilation and absorption of foreign technology by indigenous technologists, coupled with  more concerted effort geared toward the development of indigenous skills, NOTAP has saved the country capital flight that would have gone out of the economy.’’

 

He also revealed that NOTAP evaluated technology transfer agreement in three perspectives, legal, economic and technical perspectives.

 

“In the legal perspective, the office ensures that the provisions of the agreements are in line with the laws of the land, while the economic perspective ensures that services being rendered are commensurate with the fees paid.

 

“The technical consideration is to ensure that the agreement has provision for capacity building and knowledge transfer.’’ (NAN)

 

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Why NOTAP, WIPO establish IPTTOs—DG

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The establishment of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) by National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), will increase awareness on intellectual property in the country.

Dr DanAzumi Ibrahim, Director-General of NOTAP said this in Abuja during an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday.

He also said that the creation of intellectual property offices, by the organisation in many institutions across had not only increased the awareness of the importance of intellectual property but also prompted patent culture in Nigeria.

He said the establishment of IPTTO, an initiative of NOTAP, was in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to encourage the development of indigenous technologies.

“ NOTAP in 2006, partnered with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), to establish IPTTOs in some selected Nigerian institutions to help address the country’s peculiar problems, through innovation


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”NOTAP has continued to deliver on that mandate till date,’’ he said.

Ibrahim also said that IPTTOs also refocused enabled researchers to focus their minds on  researches that would beneficial the people.

He also said that there were lots of inventive and innovative activities going on in Nigerian institutions but noted that they were not properly directed toward demand and market-driven researches, hence the need for IPPTOs.

The NOTAP boss urged the institutions where IPTTO’s were present to maximise the opportunity offered to them, to ensure generation of patents for licensing and eventual earn revenue for the country.

He also called on researchers in the institutions to explore every necessary avenue, from the technical training rendered by NOTAP, to ensure that their research works were patented for onward licensing and commercialisation.

NOTAP boss said no country developed without being able to develop technologies to solve its peculiar problems, adding that development of science sector in Nigeria should not be left to foreign technologies alone. (NAN)

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Intellectual property: NOTAP commences monitoring and evaluation of IPTTOs

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Dr DanAzumi Ibrahim, the Director-General (DG), National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) said the agency had commenced monitoring and evaluation of Intellectual Property Technology Tranfer Offices (IPTTOS).

This is with a view to promoting intellectual property culture in the country.

Ibrahim, represented by the Director, Consultancy Services Department of NOTAP, Dr Adamu Tandama disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by Raymond Ogbu, Head, Protocol Unit, NOTAP.

discuss challenges confronting IPTTOs to proffering pieces of advice or solutions to them.

“I have met with IPTTOs to ascertain the level of progress of their institutions in the country in patenting their innovations.

“The meeting also aimed at monitoring and evaluation of IPTTOs set up by NOTAP in some knowledge based institutions,’’ Ibrahim said.

The director-general disclosed that the NOTAP was ready to retrain the coordinators of intellectual property  and support them in ways necessary to ensure success of their work.

 

“Imbibing the culture of intellectual property is very important among researchers, it is one of the major criteria for measuring the strength or otherwise of a university in the developed countries.

“Prior to the establishment of IPTTO, nobody was talking about patenting, but IPTTO has exposed the researchers to the importance of protecting their works.’’

IPTTO is an initiative of NOTAP where centres are set up to refine university/research institute innovation through standardisation of process and products, ready for marketing, sensitising and training universities/research institutes on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

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IUO, NOTAP call for technology acquisition for national development

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Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, Vice-Chancellor, Igbinedion University Okada (IUO), on Thursday called for effective management and enforcement, research synergy and technology acquisition in universities to promote national development.

Ezemonye made the call at a two-day training on Creation, Management and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights organised by IUO in collaboration with National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) for staff and students of the university in Benin.

He said that research was the bedrock of any tertiary institution, adding that research and development was the guiding principle of all establishments.

“Today’s ceremony marks one of the milestones of Igbinedion University because every university, whether local or international has some assignments, which is teaching, researching and provision of community service.

“One of these assignments for IUO is the area of management, enforcement and research.

“Research, development and demonstration involve the third party. Research is the key to problems in tertiary institutions,” he said.

Ezemonye said that NOTAP remained the fundamental platform for technology, activation and adaptation for the youths of Nigeria.

“Our choice to collaborate with NOTAP and their immediate favourable response to collaborate with IOU is something that requires our applause,” he said.

Dr Dan’Azumi Ibrahim, the Director-General of NOTAP represented by Dr Adamu Tandama, the Director, Consultancy Services, said the primary aim of NOTAP was to regulate the inflow of foreign technologies that empowers industries.

“We regulate the inflow of foreign technologies because we have to have a database about the technologies that comes to our country and also to energise our own system,” he said.

He encouraged students to key into the training programme, adding that it would also help on their everyday life.

An Intellectual Property Technology Transfer Office (IUO-IPTTO) in Igbinedion University Okada was commissioned by Dr Adamu Tandama, Director Consultancy Services of NOTAP.

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NOTAP patents first anti-snakebite vaccine invention

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The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) has patented an anti- snake bite vaccine innovation which is first of its kind in the country.

The Director General of NOTAP, Dr. Dan-Azumi Ibrahim disclosed this in an exclusive interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said the agency was glad to identify with the African Center of Excellence in Phytomedicine Research and Development (ACPRD), University of Jos in patenting the first of its kind invention in Nigeria.

“As an agency, we are so excited to patent such a novel product because before this invention, we pay heavily for the anti- snake bites remedy and sometimes these imported remedies do not work for us,’’ he said.

The DG said, for NOTAP to patent the vaccine, the technology had been perfected in the course of research and it had passed through different stages.

“The research for this vaccine was on for over 20 years, we are so excited that the research on the vaccine was conducted by our own local researchers here in a Nigerian center and the materials used in production are locally sourced.

“Snakebite is another big challenge in this country especially to farmers in the rural areas and most times the treatment for it is unaffordable for them.

“The new innovation it is an effective vaccine such that when taken, even if someone is bitten by any type of snake it will neutralize the venom effect, it’s a yearly vaccine,’’ he said.

Ibrahim said that the innovation is at the stage of clinical trials – testing it on human and getting reactions – and the cost of conducting the test will run into many millions of Naira.

He disclosed that the vaccine had already been tried on rats, mice, sheep and it worked without any side effects.

He said the patented vaccine, when it gets past the clinical stage to commercialization, is capable of boosting the economy of the country through job creation and revenue generation.

“If the vaccine gets past the clinical trial stage and proves successful, eventually investors can then come in through buying over the innovation and licensing it or going into partnership with the researcher,” he said.

Ibrahim used the opportunity to call on Nigerians to patronise made in Nigeria goods and services stressing that it will help to reduce over-dependence on foreign goods.

He called on private bodies to be eager to invest in commercialisation process of local researches which will be of immense benefit to the country and boost the economy.

Edited by Rotimi Ijikanmi

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NOTAP moves to ensure all technologies run on Nigerian software

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Dr Dan-Azumi Ibrahim, the Director-General, National Office for Technology Promotion and Acquisition (NOTAP) on Thursday said that the agency was working toward ensuring that all technologies in the country would run on Nigerian software.

Ibrahim made this known on Thursday in Lagos, during the Maiden Edition of the Tourism and Technology Summit 2019.

The director-general was represented by the Principal Technology Officer of NOTAP, Mr John Omesili.

He said significant progress that supported this narrative was already on ground.

“Today using pay stack, we can directly charge cards and allow payments to be made to local businesses.

“We have an online travel websites such as Wakanow and hotels-finding service, hotels.ng.

“These brands use software to run their businesses; they show how ICT and Tourism can work together to bring desirable products to the market place,’’ Ibrahim said.

According to GlobalData 2018 Report, Technology Trends in Travel & Tourism, technology is fostering a change in the travel and tourism industry regarding how companies interact with customers.

“Consequently, travel companies are adopting various technologies to improve operational efficiencies and meet customers’ expectations at every stage of their journey,’’ he said.

Ibrahim said that looking into the future, there were six trends to watch out for in the tourism industry.

The NOTAP boss said that Nigerians could leverage on these trends to create new realities in the tourism space.

According to him, Nigeria has the best brains around the world and it must use them.

He said that Nigeria could be the first country to sell or franchise Virtual Reality software for the Digital Tourism in the world.

Ibrahim said that using real time location sensors, the country could create digital experiences never imagined.

“We have no other country than Nigeria and it is the result of our collective efforts that can make our country great and an investment hotbed.

“Our collective efforts can make our country one that is adequately supported by the tourism sector, creating sights, sound experiences and stories that will by all means further a better Nigerian narrative.

“I am sure that the effective utilisation of Nigerian technological and innovative intelligence in this sub-sector would go a long way to stabilise the economy and move our country to the next level of economic prosperity,’’ he said.

Ibrahim lamented that 60 per cent of technologies used in Nigeria are foreign.

He said that the cost of using foreign technologies was enormous, with minimal contribution toward reducing the unemployment level in the country.

“Presently, about 55 to 60 per cent of technologies utilised within the Nigerian economy are foreign ICT based,” Ibrahim said.

According to him, to manage the situation, NOTAP in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property (WIPO), Central Bank of Nigeria and other stakeholders developed the Local Vendor Policy in 2007.

“The Local Vendor Policy is to strategically engage local Information and Communications Technology (ICT) firms on the implementation of foreign software agreements in Nigeria.

“The policy came into effect in 2010 and about 10 indigenous ICT firms are currently participating in the implementation of foreign technology transfer agreements.

“Some of these firms have developed competencies and capacities to be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE),’’ Ibrahim said. 

 

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