Intellectual Property Office

Intellectual Property Office

This Office shall takeover the functions of the current IPTTO. It shall be headed by a Director.

The functions of theIP Office
The functions of the IPO shall include the following:
i. Auditing all R &D projects of the University for IP content;
ii. Patenting of all patentable innovations and research results;
iii. Commercialization (exploitation) of patient through licensing or development in an incubatorto intimate the creation of high – tech start- ups and spin – offs;
vi. Enhancing strong research industry – linkage;
vii. Organize sensitization workshops on IP issues.

Units of the IPO

Patent Information and Development Unit (PIDU)
The PIDU shall be involved in the following activities:
i. Facilitate patent searches and patent informationdissemination;
ii. Archive patient documents;
iii. Operate an online database network with relevant agencies such as NOTAI and WIPO.

Intellectual Property Management Unit (IPMU)
The activities of the IPMU shall include the following:
i. Identification, evaluation and assessment of the novelty of inventions;
ii. Applying for IPRs for all rightable research results;
iii. Negotiating equities in joint venture agreements;
iv. Negotiating and drafting of technology Transfer agreements between the University and investors planning to utilize University IP.

Marketing Unit (MU)
The activities of the MU shall include the following:
i. Promoting the commercialization/exploitation of all University IP;
ii. Preparing project profiles and feasibility studies on commercialisable University research results;
iii. Promoting strong Research-industry linkage.