Kuantan, 28 April – Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) emerged the winner in the Organisation (Governmen and Private Sector) Category at the 2012 National Intellectual Property Awards (AHIN2012) night held recently. This is the second time UPM has won in this category, the first being in 2008. The award carried a cash prize of RM30,000 and a trophy.
Pahang Chief Minister, Dato’ Sri Diraja Adnan Yaakob presented the awards to the winners of the various categories in a ceremony held at the Sultan Ahmad Shah International Convention Centre (SASICC), Kuantan.
The theme for AHIN2012 was ‘Intellectual Property Prompting Transformation’ and the programme was to add value to our economy. AHIN2012 was organized by the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) and the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO).
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Mohd Saleh Jaafar said UPM’s achievement in winning the award was the result of measures taken to file 49 patents with MyIPO and 144 patents internationally up to 2011.
“In 2011, research product commercialization totalled 48 IP/product licensing, which generated RM32.3mil revenue,” he said, after receiving the award on behalf of UPM.
He attributed UPM’s win to various other significant factors, including the RM110.27mil research grant and the researchers’ accomplishments at last year’s Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE), the International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX), the Exposition of Research and Inventions of International Institutions of Higher Learning (PENCIPTA), and BioMalaysia.
The National Intellectual Property Awards are given in recognition of the contribution of researchers and organizations through their intellectual properties towards the economic and socio-cultural advancement of the nation.
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