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IUM Co-Hosts Intellectual Property (IP) International Roving Seminar for Academic and Research

28/06/2018

From left: Prof. Kingo Mchombu, Acting Vice-Chancellor at IUM, Ms. Selma Ambunda, Acting Chief Executive Officer of BIPA, Mr. Gabriel Sinimbo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development, and Mr. Fernando Dos Santos, Director General of ARIPO

IUM recently co-hosted the Intellectual Property (IP) Roving seminar for Academic and Research Institutions in collaboration with the Business & Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) and the African Regional Intellectual Property Office (ARIPO). The two-day seminar was the third Roving seminar this year after similar seminars were held earlier in Zimbabwe and Liberia in partnership with Universities in those countries.

The main aim of the event was to create awareness among academic and research institutions about intellectual property so that universities’ intellectual property creations are protected and commercialized for the benefit of the University and Research Institutions, Intellectual Property creators and society at large.

The collaboration of IUM as an academic institution in hosting the seminar signifies the commitment and importance that the University attaches to intellectual property.

On its part, IUM has long identified Intellectual Property as a critical skill set by creating an office for Intellectual Property and Innovation Management where outputs of research are steered in the direction of innovation that can be protected and commercialized. The University has also increased its awareness activities to Intellectual Property by inviting BIPA to hold guest lectures for IUM lecturers and students on a semester basis therefore enabling a high level of theoretical understanding of the subject matter. IUM has recently approved its research and consultancy policy which includes the element of IP and has approved a consultancy function where IUM would be assisting corporate companies in drafting and improving their IP policy, crafting IP strategy as well as offering advisory services to companies to assist them in creating innovative products and services.

Speaking at the Seminar, Prof. Kingo Mchombu, Acting Vice-Chancellor at IUM, said that Universities, as hubs of knowledge generation, act as the starting points for knowledge production, creativity and innovation. When the minds of students and young researchers meet proper mentorship, guidance and adequate information resources, an acceleration of knowledge production, creativity and innovation is thus expected to take place.

IUM, as an academic institution, therefore remains committed to the creation of a conducive environment for creativity and innovation and production of new knowledge to take off- which allows learning and knowledge creation to flourish. For that, the University has been focused on hiring experts in various fields which fall within its mandate in order to impart knowledge and skills, and stimulate the minds of the students. The University, furthermore, has prioritized the implementation of an up to date ICT infrastructure to facilitate emergence of a vibrant learning and research community.

Also thanking ARIPO for holding the Seminar, Prof. Mchombu pointed out that hosting the Seminar at an academic institution such as IUM showed the firm commitment of ARIPO to encouraging awareness and best practice of IP in academia and applied research which was taking place daily at tertiary institutions all over the world. With the hosting of the seminar, he hoped that new ground would be covered in understanding Intellectual Property and that, the knowledge shared at the Seminar would stimulate creativity and innovation.

The event was also graced and addressed by, among others, Mr. Gabriel Sinimbo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development, Mr. Fernando Dos Santos, Director General of ARIPO and Ms. Selma Ambunda, Acting Chief Executive Officer of BIPA.