Covenant University Receives Patent for Three Inventions
Covenant University’s vision to revolutionize the African educational landscape has continued to be validated as three products from the University’s research base were granted patent recently by the Federal Government...
Covenant University’s vision to revolutionize the African educational landscape has continued to be validated as three products from the University’s research base were granted patent recently by the Federal Government through the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP).
The certificates of patent for the three products namely, Paw-paw Beverage, Fermented Rice and Culture Medium by Professor Louis Egwari, a Medical Microbiologist and Deputy Dean, School of Natural and Applied Sciences, were presented to the University on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at the NOTAP office in Abuja.
In his address at the occasion, the Director-General of NOTAP, Engineer Umar Buba Bindir represented by the Director, Technology Transfer Agreement, Mrs. Funke Araba, commended the University for the level of determination attached to technology development.
He noted that Covenant University was the only private University which collaborated with NOTAP for the establishment of the Intellectual Property Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO) on its campus and the first to develop three patented products. These according to him were the first products to be patented by NOTAP this year.
The Director-General also noted that the products met all the criteria for patenting as they were novel. The products met invention steps and have been found to be industrially applicable.
He explained that patenting of invention was an index to measure technological development of a nation, but lamented that Nigeria’s huge budgets on Research and Development are expended on Foreign Technical Partners.
He however hoped that the relationship between NOTAP and Covenant University would continue, adding that the history of the University would be greater than that of those currently regarded as World-Class Universities.
The leader of the University’s delegation and Director, Covenant University Centre for Research and Development (CUCERD), Professor James Omoleye in his remarks explained that the University was ready to encourage researchers with adequate funding and conducive environment.
He added that the University was set to roll out more inventions that affect humanity positively in line with the University’s Mission of restoring the dignity of the Blackman. He also commended NOTAP for the establishment of the IPTTO Office at Covenant University.