A section of Executives and representatives from IUM, UNAM, BIPA AND NCRST during the signing of the agreement
BIPA, NCRST, and Namibian Universities Creates TISCs
Namibia’s Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) on Monday, 25 March 2019 entered into an agreement with the International University of Management (IUM); Namibian University of Science and Technology; University of Namibia and the National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST) to establish Technology Innovation Support Centre (TISC).
TISC will serve as a national network to promote and strengthen innovations well as to support research and development (R&D) in Namibia.
The concept is the brainchild of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to provide innovators in developing countries with access to vital IP information through data bases that are often inaccessible to developing countries due to cost implications. The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has thus provided this avenue to provide accessibility to these data bases at no fee.
Other services to be offered by the network include access to online patent databases and other sources of technology information through direct personal assistance, identification of issues in terms of enterprises and research topics within universities and research institutes.
TISC further provides scientific information on various technological fields and also take part in awareness-raising activities concerning industrial property rights in particular patents.
Speaking on behalf of IUM, Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Kingo Mchombu said it was an honour that the university was selected to be part of the TISC network. He said that IUM was fully committed to the objectives of the network and would play an active role in promoting innovation and technology in Namibia.
On her part, the acting Chief Executive Officer of NCRST, Enid Keramin also expressed her gratitude towards the creation of TISC and said that this would help drive research, technology and innovation, making Namibia a knowledge-based society.
UNAM Vice-Chancellor Professor Kenneth Matengu said that UNAM welcomed the network, as the university was at the stage where it needed to focus on small rural development area that he believed TISC was going to be most helpful in.
“We are looking forward to working together with other stakeholders in making this project bear tangible results,” Matengu said.
The establishment of the Technology and Information Support Centre network is a welcome initiative as it is in line with the objective of the National Intellectual Property Policy and Strategy, which is aimed to encourage and support the generation of intellectual property assets.