The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic),  in partnership with the Department of Science and Innovation, through the National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO), the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), and Innovate Durban will host the annual Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology Commercialisation (TC) Colloquium virtually tomorrow, 23 February 2022 and Thursday,  24 February 2022 from 09:30.

The session will bring together various players within the National System of Innovation (NSI) to discuss issues of IP development and the commercialisation of new technologies.

This year the colloquium will be hosted under the theme: Driving Innovation and Positioning IP Commercialisation for Post Covid-19 Pandemic.  Among the topics to be discussed will be how industries create value from their IP and what mechanisms should be put in place to enable full commercialisation of the technologies post a pandemic.

The colloquium will also cover key areas of IP including development, protection, acquisition, exploitation and management, as well as the role of the CIPC and NIPMO. It will further present the Technology Commercialisation process relevant to early stage and growth in companies such as product-market fit, knowledge-for-equity structures, and access to early-stage venture funding, establishing early customer relationships and creating channels to market.

The session will also be discussing the advancement of new technologies, and in particular the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), and its impact on the IP landscape and commercialisation of new technologies.

Delegates will also be guided on how to set up a partnership with offices of technology transfer (OTTs), research entities and private sector to drive commercialisation.  There will also be sharing of knowledge on how to utilise IP to drive economic and social impact; as well as entrepreneurship skills relevant for technology transfer and commercialisation.

Other topics of discussion will be include:

  • Understanding IP Rights and their role in technology transfer and economic growth;
  • Intellectual Property, Innovation and Access during and post a pandemic
  • The role of Catapult in commercialisation
  • Intellectual Property, Innovation and Access during and post a pandemic

The colloquium will have exhibition stands for innovators to display their products and services.

Bongani Lukhele – Director: Media Relations
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Issued by: The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic)
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