Brunei holds seminar on strategies for protecting intellectual property

Brunei holds seminar on strategies for protecting intellectual property

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- A full day seminar themed "Intellectual Property Considerations for Researchers and Entrepreneurs" was held jointly by Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO), Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) and Innovation and Enterprise Office (IEO) of University Brunei Darussalam (UBD) on Tuesday.

The seminar was aimed at providing information to researchers and entrepreneurs about patents and trademarks. It helped provide greater clarity about the most appropriate intellectual property strategy to protect researchers and entrepreneurs' work, and also how to effectively commercialize their new and/or improved technology globally.

Nagender Aneja, IEO's patent officer, stressed the need to know when the results of invention or research should be published and when these should be protected for patents in his welcoming remarks. He shared views as to how academic research is going to be in the future and pointed out patents will be playing an important role in academic research.

Meanwhile, Stephen Anderson, patent attorney in Australia and New Zealand, explained the fundamentals of intellectual property rights and guided participants for situations such as when patent or trademark should be registered.

Touching on collaborative research agreements, he emphasized that intellectual property ownership should be resolved in agreements in advance and failure to do this adequately is a common cause of disputes. He also discussed on ways to commercialize intellectual property assets by placing a technology transfer arrangement agreement.

Farah Atiyah Zainal, assistant registrar of BruIPO, said that BruIPO has already acceded to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and is PCT receiving office.

PCT is an international treaty, administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), among more than 140 Paris Convention countries. It makes it possible to seek patent protection for an invention simultaneously in each of a large number of countries by filing a single "international" patent application instead of filling several separate national or regional patent applications.