Government ‘revising’ intellectual property

VICE-President Inonge Wina and Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe arrive for the official opening of the 15th Africa Regional Intellectual Property Organisation Administrative Council and Ministerial Summit in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: COLLINS PHIRI

GOVERNMENT is taking a different approach over ownership of intellectual property (IP) to enable innovators of products contribute to the economy.
This follows over 100 research projects that were done by the Copperbelt University in the last three years that have not been adopted.

“In the case of Zambia, the Copperbelt University alone conducted over 100 commercially-viable projects in 2014 but none of these were protected or have been fully commercialised.
“Therefore, this seminar could have not come at a better time than now when the country is currently reviewing its national IP policy. One of the areas being reviewed is the ownership of IP rights from public funded research from both research and development institutions and public universities,” Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe said.
Officiating at the IP roving seminar for academicians yesterday, Mrs Mwanakatwe said if there was a policy on IP in place, the owners of the research could have made efforts for commercialisation.


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