The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced plans that would help bolster Nigeria’s innovation centers to tackle the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) in place under the tutelage of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP).
The new project will help combat intellectual infringement at institutions and research facilities across the African country.
According to WIPO’s project coordinator for innovation and technology support Ituku Lenagi Botoy, implementation of the new project will begin immediately.
Botoy said in a public statement after assessing the initiative on the ground that “Nigeria has the great potential of leading Africa in science and technology.” He added that WIPO “was keen in supporting technological innovations by assisting member countries in having access to WIPO specialized data bases so as to acquire the millions of technologies in digitized patents in up to 70,000 fields of technological endeavors.
He continued to say that WIPO would “render support to strengthen existing national capacities through the creation of Technology Innovation Support Centers (TISC),” which he said were digital libraries that specialize in online patenting.
The project will also assist in training Nigerian professionals to be able to understand and locate infringements in the process.