National office to train Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO) personnel

Under normally circumstances, training of the IPTTO personnel goes along with the commissioning of the offices so as to enable the IPTTOs start functioning as soon as is possible.

Ex-NOTAP DG, Umar Bindir

According to various media reports, the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) via its Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTO) programme has established 38 IPTTOs in Tertiary institutions and research institutions across Nigeria.

Although reports reveal that the apparent aim is to enable the IPTTOs commence work, the effectiveness of the IPTTO personnel is limited since they lack the know-how to run said offices. Reasons responsible for this could incude:

- Inadequate staffing of the offices,

- The appointment of the IPTTO personnel is without regard to their background in relation to the functions of the office.

Said aforementioned situations therefore make it necessary for the IPTTO personnel to undergo further training to acquire the level of proficiency needed to perform their duties effectively.

A report by Nigeria CommunicationsWeek states that due to the political avarice in the institutions, the IPTTO Coordinators are changed frequently, especially when a new Vice Chancellor/ Chief Executive is appointed.

The new coordinators which are then appointed to replace the departed ones, in most cases, have low level of awareness of Intellectual Property (IP).

As such, the new coordinators need additional training in IP issues to function effectively, a situation which NOTAP recognizes as such will be training all IPTTO personnel so as to get them to the required proficiency level.

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