CU, NOTAP trains faculty on Intellectual Property
In order to acquaint the faculty and staff with the global trend in the use of intellectual property, Covenant University has organized a 3-day training/workshop with the theme: "Intellectual Property Right and Patent Documentation Procedures".
The workshop, put together by the University's Centre for Endowment Research and Development (CUCERD) in conjunction with the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Intellectual Property Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO) as well as the Nigerian Copyright Commission, held between May 14 and 16, 2014.
The resource persons drawn from various governmental agencies and the University were able to pass across information on the state of intellectual property in Nigeria, the values of intellectual property as an asset and the need to take intellectual property more serious by both faculty and students.
According to one of the resource persons and the Director, Nigerian Copyright Institute, Mr. John Asein, the participants now have the understanding of the rules governing intellectual property and the economic importance of the same.
"We've been able to pass across information on importance or value of intellectual property and how any person/academic can easily spin so much out of the use of intellectual property.
"We have also been able to see why it is important for lecturers to understand the rules so that they don't only leave by those rules, but able to pass them to the students. So that when they deal with copyright works or other people's intellectual property, they will see and appreciate the need to do it according to the rules", Mr. Asein explained.
Earlier during a courtesy call by the resource persons, led by the Director of Intellectual Property Right at NOTAP, Engineer Joseph Nwosa, noted that the University is doing well and it’s a trail blazer among the universities where IPTTOs are situated. He added that the agency would like to see the University's patents turned to products.
At the wrap-up session in the Vice Chancellor’s office, the Director of CUCERD, Professor Louis Egwari, stated that through the knowledge from the workshop, quite a lot of faculty have come to appreciate copyright issues and gave assurance that by the end of the year, there would be more harvest of patents applications from them.
Professor Egwari added that nine out of the 15 patent applications submitted to NOTAP by the University’s faculty have been accepted for further processing.
Also speaking at the meeting, the Registrar, Covenant University, Mr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo noted that as it is the desire of the University to be leader in every area it found itself, it also planned to partner with like minded institutions for mutual benefits.
In his remark, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo said that the training would leave indelible mark on the University at this time when it is running with the vision 1 of 10 in 10. “With this finding, we are more informed to be able to teach other faculty and students”. He appreciated them for leaving their comfort zone in order to impart the University.