INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DISCUSSED AT DUT
By: Mxolisi Ntanzi
The KwaZulu-Natal Regional Office of Technology Transfer (KZN-R-OTT) in partnership with four universities in KZN hosted the fourth Regional IP Awareness last week.
The seminar was hosted by the Durban University of Technology (DUT), Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), University of Zulu Land (UNIZULU) and University Of
KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN at the DUT’s Hotel school Ritson campus.
The KZN-R-OTT is the office that is formed for tertiary institution in KZN.
It started in 2011 and is funded by the department of Science and Technology.
It supports tertiary institutions to better their performance in technology transfer and commercialise their ideas for research and development.
“The aim of IP protection is to make sure that the owner of intellectual property maximizes the commercial gain from their intellectual property so that if other people are infringing on
their property the owner can be protected in court,” said Dr Mlondo from the KZN-R-OTT.
Mlondo stated that the importance of the collaboration amongst these universities is approaching any of their initiatives together and making significance strive in everything that
“We assist under graduate students in advice about intellectual property, starting small businesses, we assist them on the legal aspects to entrepreneurship as well as post graduate
students, however we go further we help them protect their research ideas,” added Mlondo.
Vishen Pillay from Adams and Adams presented about types of University IP and how to protect the IP.
He said that there is often an overlap between various forms of IP rights and trademarks are often the most valuable form of intellectual property overtime.