By Azman Zakaria
Photo by Saleha Haron
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 - In yet another achievement, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) won the grand prize of 2016 National Intellectual Property (AHIN) Award under the Organization (Best Management of Intellectual Property) category today for the fourth time since the introduction of AHIN in 2006.
UPM received RM30,000, a championship trophy, an accompanying trophy, World intellectual Property Organization trophy and an appreciation certificate which were presented by Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin to UPM Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof Dato’ Dr. Mohd Azmi Mohd Lila.
Datuk Seri Hamzah gave away the awards on behalf of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at an event which was held at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) today.
UPM has previously won the same award in 2008, 2012 and 2014.
At the 2016 National Intellectual Property Award event, themed National Transformation Through Intellectual Property, UPM was also listed as one of the finalists under the Industrial Design category.
A total of seven categories were put up for contest - Organization (Best Intellectual Property Management); Patent; Trade Marks & Geographical Indications; Industrial Design; Copyright; Intellectual Property Inventor (Students of Skilled Training Institutions or its equivalent); and Young Intellectual Property Inventor (Secondary School Students).
AHIN was introduced in conjunction with the National Intellectual Property Day, with the aim of providing recognition to inventors or creators for their contributions in developing intellectual property for national socio-economic development.
It is also aimed at encouraging more inventions and creations as well as to nurture intellectual property culture amongst Malaysians.
Speaking after the ceremony, Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohd Azmi said UPM had been helping the industries, schools and other set-ups to be efficient in the management of intellectual property.
"Now we are training some quarters on better IP management," he said, expressing gratitude and appreciation to UPM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris, researchers and university staff. – UPM
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