NOTAP DG CALLS FOR A REVIEW OF THE SYSTEMS OF TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION

The Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. Umar Bindir has called for a review of the National Systems of Innovation (NIS).

Dr. Bindir was speaking during the WIPO Workshop on Patent Information-Patent Search Strategies and Techniques recently held at the Reiz Continental Hotel Abuja.

The Director General said without strategic planning and stronger collaboration amongst the nation's innovation system no meaningful development will be achieved. He therefore advocated for a clear linkage within the Science, Technology and Innovation System STI if the sector is to move forward.

Dr. Bindir decried a situation whereby Nigeria has 117 Universities, 98 Colleges of Education and 125 Monotechnics without a corresponding research output to feed the Nigerian Industry. He said Nigeria has a weak culture of making technology mature and that the country should look inwards to correct this anomaly.

The Director General opined that a University's capacity can be judged based on the output of its technology innovations and the number of jobs created from such innovations.

He therefore called for the establishment of a research foundation where researchers/ inventors can pull resources to undertake their research work.

He commended the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Trademarks, Patents & Designs Registry in the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investments for the brilliant plan to establish a Technology Information Support Centres (TISC) which according to him will complement the over 30 Intellectual Property Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) established by NOTAP in some Research Institutes and Universities in the country. 

Participants drawn from the public and private sectors of the economy were trained on patent information search using different search tools. Patent information will help reposition and promote the use of industrial property as a tool for economic development and prosperity with the knowledge that most national economies are moving away from primary resource based to diversified knowledge based economies.

National and international Resource persons presented stimulating papers during the workshop. Amongst them were Dr. Umar Bindir, Director General National of NOTAP, Hajiya Ahmadu-Suka, Registrar Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry, Alh. Muhammad Nadada Umar, Director General, Small & Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Prof. Bamidele Fawole, professor of Nematology University of Ibadan, Mr. Ituku Elangi Botoy, Project Co-ordinator Innovation and Technology Support Services, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Ms Sunny Wang, Head of Patent Information & Analysis, Global Patent Operations & Support U.S.A and Ms. Edlyn Simmons, Head, Simmons Patent Information Service U.S.A. 

The three day workshop was organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investments through the Trademarks, Patents & Designs Registry and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) with the support of NOTAP and SMEDAN.