The establishment of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) in Nigerian knowledge institutions has triggered market and demand-driven research, the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) has said.

The director-general of NOTAP, Dr. DanAzumi Ibrahim stated this at the commissioning of the IPTTO in the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT).

He said the establishment of IPTTO in the nation’s universities, polytechnics and research institutions was to create awareness on the importance of Intellectual Property (IP).

He said intellectual property culture in the country was low and for a country aspiring to be one of the leading economies in the world, Nigeria should be an exporter of technology rather than be dependent on foreign technologies.

He stressed that a lot of inventive and innovative activities were going on in the nation’s knowledge institutions but were not properly directed towards demand and market-driven research. He added that the establishment of IPPTO in these institutions would expose the researchers to over 6 million research results which serve as a guide to researchers in carrying out their work.

Ibrahim who was represented by the director consultancy services department in NOTAP, Mr. Adamu Tandama said while universities and research institutions in the developed countries generate enough revenue from licensing and commercialization of their research results, Nigerian knowledge institutions always wait for budgetary allocations. He challenged the university community to maximize the opportunity offered by IPTTO to ensure that patents are generated for licensing and for eventual generation of funds for the institution

Earlier in his address, the vice chancellor of ESUT, Prof. Luke Anike said the commissioning of IPTTO in the institution was a dream come true, adding a lot of research activities had been carried out in the institution but had not been presented for patenting due to inadequate knowledge on patent.

He said he was delighted that the IPTTO which was established in the institute long ago but was not commissioned due to some logistical problems had been re-established and commissioned in his time.

Anike, according to a statement by NOTAP’s public relations officer, Mr Raymond Onyenezi Ogbu, said though the university had been engaged in a lot of research works, the issue of patenting which IPTTO seeks to facilitate was wonderful and the institution would leverage on the opportunity to generate income for the institution.

He said with the commissioning of IPTTO in his institute, the university would be better positioned to generate revenue from its research works. He encouraged researchers to explore every necessary avenue to benefit from the technical training being rendered by NOTAP to ensure that their research works are patented for onward licensing and commercialization.