By Saiful Bahri Kamaruddin
Pix Shahiddan Saidi
BANGI, 10 Apr 2013 – A total of 29 researchers and staff of the National University of Malaysia (UKM) who successfully produced new intellectual property received a total of RM47,000 as incentives for the university’s Intellectual Property Awards 2012/13.
This is in recognition of their initiative and efforts to strengthen the culture of innovation in the university.
The incentives are given to those who had filed patents for their inventions with the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) and given a patent filing number.
The awards were presented by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Dato' Dr Rahmah Mohamed at the launch of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) research funding scheme and UKM intellectual property incentive awards ceremony 2012/2013 here today.
Prof Rahmah said UKM appreciates innovations made by all its employees and not just the researchers or academics.
A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, whether a product or a process that provides a new way of doing something or offers a technical solution to a problem. Patents are protected for 20 years effective from the filing date.
UKM gives an incentive of RM500 to those who have filed a patent and received the filing number from MyIPO. The incentive award increases to RM3,000 for those who received the patent certificate from MyIPO.
Prof Rahmah said an applicant can find out from MyIPO if the invention is new before applying for patent protection or search through internet by accessing the Patent and Trade Mark Administration System (FAST) to look for past patents.
She said the owner of the patent has the right to use the patented invention or license others to use the product or sell the rights to someone else who will be the new owner of the patent.
On the ETP research funding scheme, she said each approved project is eligible to get up to RM300,000 for a project deemed relevant to the country's National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs).
Academic and contractual UKM staff are eligible to apply as long as they are not on study leave or sabbatical.
Prof Rahmah said they can apply if the project is a solo effort focused on the ETP or in collaboration with industry partners.
Applicants needed to submit proof that the research project is commercially viable or have industry partners who are interested to work in the research and commercialisation. The project must contribute to the achievement of the Key Performance Index (KPI) for research universities.
The research funding scheme is part of an allocation og RM100 million, increased from RM80 million, for 12 research niche in UKM for this year announced recently. They include the four new niche: Politics and Security; Rural Transformation; Econimics, Finance and Education as well as Culture and Civilization.