NOTAP DG blames low patent culture for slow technology development in Nigeria

Dr. Danazumi Mohammed Ibrahim

Dr. Danazumi Mohammed Ibrahim

Dr. Danazumi Mohammed Ibrahim, director general, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), has said that Nigeria’s quest to navigate into a technologically dependent nation rather than a constant consumer of foreign technology has not been actualized due to low patent culture amongst Nigerian researchers.

He made this statement while presenting a paper as a guest lecturer at the National Institute for Policy & Strategic Studies Kuru Jos, Plateau State recently.

He said a conscious and efficient development and utilization of research and development (R&D) results were the major distinguishing factors between developed and developing countries adding that while the developed countries engage in industrial/demand-driven research to solve human problems, developing countries engage in academic researches which are often published for the purposes of promotion without patenting.

Dr. Ibrahim reiterated that the technological development of every nation depends largely on the degree and effectiveness of research capabilities inherent in the institutions, adding that institutions with weak Intellectual Property Protection culture can hardly stimulate technological development of their nations.

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