Review of Intellectual Property policies begin in Accra

A three-day workshop, aimed at building the capacities of universities, research institutions, technical universities and Polytechnics to enable them develop and review their institutional intellectual property policies, began in Accra on Tuesday.


Organised by the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), the workshop on Institutional Intellectual Property (IP) policies, is designed to bring significant development in the IP landscape.


In a statement, the acting Chief Director of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr Dewarnoba Baeka, said government was mainstreaming the IP into its 10- point developmental agenda and as such would want intellectual property to move from theory to practice.


This, he explained, would be done by respecting the long term goal of the national intellectual property strategy and policy of Ghana, which is to exploit intellectual property right for the accelerated growth in technological and industrial development in Ghana.


“To achieve this, it is imperative to inculcate IP to all businesses processes and models and the first step is the formulation and implementation of institutional intellectual property policy,” he stressed.


A Chief State Attorney, Mrs Grace Isshaque, said the national intellectual property policy and strategy had identified low level of intellectual property generation and commercialization as one of the weaknesses in the intellectual property regime in Ghana.


Mrs Isshaque gave the assurance that the Ghana industrial property office would collaborate and cooperate with stakeholders to provide focal point for the development of the intellectual property industry in Ghana.


A Senior Counsellor from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Mrs Loretta Asiedu, said universities, research and development Institutions played a crucial role in the process of technological innovation through contribution, diffusion and transfer of knowledge but the level of transfer in Africa was very low, hence, the need to do more.


Mrs Asiedu charged the participants to come out with answers to questions like the role IP played in universities and research institutions, why they need to develop IP policies and what elements or issues an institution should consider in the development of an IP policy.


Source: ISD (Chantal Aidoo)

Created: 23 October 2018
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