The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) announced that it assists Nigerian Inventors and Innovators to patent their inventions free of charge, an initiative designed to encourage the culture of respecting intellectual property and facilitate technological growth in Nigeria.
The Director General of NOTAP, Dr. DanAzumi Mohammed Ibrahim said in carrying out its statutory function of registration of Technology Transfer Agreement, NOTAP realized that Nigeria operates a weak Intellectual Property culture which was responsible for over dependence on foreign technology.
Ibrahim said the situation was unacceptable for a nation desirous of becoming one of the top economies in the world. He revealed that Nigerian researchers have come up with some incredible inventions but a number of them are yet to be patented.
The Director General encouraged researchers to submit their claims to NOTAP for assistance in obtaining patents at no cost to the inventor. He added that the patent was a major step towards commercialization and for any investor to consider putting his money on an invention, he must ensure the protection of the invention.
Ibrahim made this announcement while addressing the National Coordinator of Servicom, Mrs. Nnenna Akajemeli and Information Technology (IT) experts from Berekete Radio family in the corporate headquarters of his Office.
Mrs. Akajemeli said there are millions of Nigerians developing wonderful software but are skeptical to openly talk about them for the fear of their inventions being stolen. She however noted that with the assurances and commitment of NOTAP to ensuring the development of indigenous technology, there is hope for the nation.
She expressed her gratitude to the Director General for the insight and also the opportunity to bring the IT experts to also benefit from the assistance NOTAP renders to the Nigerian inventor. Akajemeli said that what NOTAP is doing was total service to the people and encouraged the Management to continue with the good work.