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Sunday, 09 September 2018

Prioritising patents and Intellectual Property

SPEAKER: Dr Revel Iyer SPEAKER: Dr Revel Iyer

The Director of Technology Transfer and Industry Linkages, Dr Revel Iyer, was one of the speakers at The World of Academy Sciences (TWAS) Research Grants conference, held in Tanzania recently.

The theme of the conference, which took place in Dar es Salaam at the end of August, was Building Skills for Science in Africa.

Iyer spoke on the topic of Patents and Intellectual Property.

He said his main “takeaway” from the conference was that African research is aligned with South African research.

“Researchers are open to partnerships and collaboration with us. They are also looking to us to transfer skills. We should become more relevant in this space.”

Iyer said it appears to be a global problem that academic scientists are not very familiar with intellectual property (IP).

“IP is mainly considered an aspect of the commercial world and has traditionally been treated as something that cannot coexist with academic research. The success of the USA system has challenged this mindset. The knowledge economy in the USA blossomed after implementation of the Bayh–Dole Act. A number of countries are now implementing Bayh–Dole Act-like legislation. An example is South Africa.”

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za