Students from the Electrical Engineering and Food Science Technology departments recently attended a workshop to broaden their knowledge on the importance of intellectual property (IP) protection.
The workshop, which was hosted by CPUT’s Technology Transfer Office, included presentations from the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) and the National Intellectual Property Management Office of the Department of Science and Technology.
“The workshop aims to enlighten the students about the importance of IP and how it can benefit them in future,” says TTO coordinator, Halimah Rabiu.
Mojalefa Khoza, senior education specialist at the CIPC, says many innovative people remain poor while those who don’t innovate or invent take their ideas and become wealthy.
“The reason this workshop is so important is that IP is relatively unknown in our country. They (students) should be aware that if they innovate, if they come up with something new, they are the intellectual property owner of that invention or anything that they’ve come up with and therefore they have the right to decide what should be done with their invention,” he says.
NIPMO’s Lungelwa Kula says students should talk to the TTO to disclose any potential IP and the TTO would assist them to protect it.