CPUT staffer Marlin Fransman has been accredited as a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP).
Fransman, who is the Contracts Manager at the Technology Transfer Office (TTO), now joins the ranks of a select number of individuals who are recognized as RTTPs in South Africa.
The accreditation is awarded by the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP), an international body for professionals engaged in technology transfer, which sets the global standard for those working within the technology transfer sector.
As Contracts Manager, Fransman is actively involved in innovation at CPUT and oversees all legal processes related to intellectual property and company law.
Fransman says technology transfer is a new area in the higher education sector and one that is fast growing.
“Universities are realizing the importance of technology transfer,” he says.
The TTO opened its doors in 2010, with the new Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development Act 51 of 2008 (IPR Act) coming into full operation on 1 August 2010.
Since its inception, CPUT has filed several patents, a trademark and established a spin-off company.
Fransman says researchers must become involved in useful research that will go beyond publication and benefit others.
For more information on the TTO see: http://www.cput.ac.za/research/tto
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