The Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and the Office of the Registrar General as well as Rwanda Development Board (RDB) in cooperation with the University of Rwanda (UR) organized a two day seminar on Intellectual Property for Academic and Research Institutions. The seminar was under the theme “Fostering Creativity and Innovation for Economic Growth and Development in Africa” and UR was identified to host this 2017 edition of the Roving Seminar from 2nd to 3rd November 2017.
The objective of the seminar was to put together Intellectual Property generators from Universities and Research Institutions in Rwanda not only to get trained on various Intellectual Property Rights, but also to discuss the way forward on enhancing the protection of Intellectual Property generated from research and teaching activities.
During the opening ceremony, Mr Blaise RUHIMA, the Division Manager for Intellectual Property, at the Office of the Registrar General in Rwanda Development Board (RDB), said that RDB as an organ in charge of Investors encourage all researchers and Innovators to be aware of the protection of their inventions and encouraged Rwandan researchers to sell their products at international market. According to him, the move will boost their own development and the development of the whole country.
Professor Herman MUSAHARA who represented the Vice Chancellor of UR said that UR recognizes the vital role that Intellectual Property plays in teaching, research, creativity and innovation for universities and emphasised the commitment of UR to create more awareness amongst the University community on Intellectual Property and related rights.
Remarks by Prof. MUSAHARA Herman
Dr. Marie Christine Gasingirwa from MINEDUC was the guest of honor. In her opening remarks she said that the Government of Rwanda embarked on a major reform of its business laws to create a more favorable environment for investment and business.
“It is in this context that an Intellectual Property Policy and a comprehensive Law on Intellectual Property were adopted in 2009” She said.
Keynote address by Dr. Gasingirwa
She added that the Government of Rwanda will also facilitate and strengthen collaborative ties between the University and industries to accelerate the translation of research results into inventions and commercial products.
The seminar raised awareness on the relevance of innovative research; drawing ideas from commercial trends and the importance of Intellectual property for commercialization of research outputs. The seminar was concluded by expressing the needs for similar seminars focusing on specific areas among others genetic resources, medical and pharmaceuticals, industrial property and copyright
In the course of the seminar, it was pointed out that UR has established the Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship as part of its strategic effort to foster innovation and creativity. The centre seeks to nurture young entrepreneurs and support commercialization of creativity while facilitating partnership with Government Institutions, Ministries and private sector/Industry.
Participants pose for group photo