MARDI, recognised as the organisation with the best IP management for the year, was awarded RM30,000 in cash, the championship trophy, the accompanying trophy, the WIPO (World IP Organisation) trophy and certificate of appreciation.

Intellectual Property Award Recognises Inventors, Innovators

By Jenny Imanina Lanong Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- There has been a heightened awareness on the importance of protecting intellectual property (IP) in Malaysia. This is shown by the increasing number of applications to register IP in recent years.

The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak during the 2015 Intellectual Property Award recently said that IP should be viewed as a new form of economic resource capable of generating income for its inventor as well as the nation.

It is also important in ensuring the nation remains competitive and producing inventions of high commercial value.

Therefore the award, organised by the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) is a good initiative in encouraging an innovative culture and for raising awareness on the importance of IP in driving the country's economic growth.

The award themed "Transformasi Negara Bangsa Melalui Pemerkasaan Harta Intelek", focused on the efficient management of IP so as to protect it and prevent its exploitation.

The Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, Datuk Hamzah Zainudin was quoted as saying that the award was one of MyIPO's ways of increasing understanding on IP. Participation was open to various organisations, age and IP components.

The MyIPO Chairman Datuk Abdul Manan Ismail saw the award as recognition by the government of the contributions by organisations, inventors and designers in developing technology, research and innovation in the country.

The acknowledgement could also aid in raising public awareness on the importance of IP and the need to respect it.

On another note, MyIPO Director General Shamsiah Kamaruddin said the additional categories introduced this year gave more inventors the opportunity to enter the award and come up with better innovations.

RECOGNISING BEST DESIGNERS AND INVENTORS

The prestigious award, introduced in 2006, aims at recognising designers and inventors whose products contribute to the nation's socio-economic growth.

There are seven categories in this year's awards, namely Organisation (Best IP Management), Patent, Trademark and Geographical Indication, Industrial Design, Copyright, Inventor of IP (Student of Technical Institution or equivalent) and the Young Inventor of IP (Student of Secondary School).

This year's grand prize winner for the category of organisation was the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), which beat six other finalists for the title.

MARDI, recognised as the organisation with the best IP management for the year, was awarded RM30,000 in cash, the championship trophy, the accompanying trophy, the WIPO (World IP Organisation) trophy and certificate of appreciation.

MARDI's Director General of Research, Datuk Dr Azizan Ab. Rashid when interviewed by Bernama said the win was a meaningful recognition of MARDI's effort in improving IP management.

He said MARDI started getting involved in the licensing of their innovation and technological inventions after their success in amending the 2002 MARDI Act, which was too restrictive on the licensing and commercialisation of the innovation and technology by MARDI.

"MARDI already had an efficient IP management system prior to amending the Act. Upon our success in amending the Act, we formed a special unit to manage IP, called the Business Development Unit," he said.

In line with its resolve to inculcate a culture of innovation among MARDI personnel and making IP development the latest economic resource for the country, MARDI is providing designers with an incentive of RM500 for every invention.

In addition to its grand prize win, MARDI also took home the bronze for the Patent category for its "Method For Producing Purified Antibody For The Detection Of Salmonella".

YOUNG DESIGNER

The "ketapang" tree (Terminalia catappa) may seem like any other tree, but three students from Kolej Vokasional (Pertanian) Teluk Intan discovered a way to harness its leaves to create an organic remedy and health booster for farmed animals.

Noor Syafiqah Diana Mohamad Ghazali, Muhammad Hazieq Hishamuddin and Nur Hashimah Rozali won gold in the Young Inventor of IP (Student of Secondary School) category.

Their teacher Mohd Rosnizam Mohd Yusoff said the idea for the invention came from observing the usage of ketapang leaves jn breeding Arowana fish.

Mohd Rosnizam and his students came up with the remedy after three months of laboratory and field tests.

The organic treatment designed for farmed products such as fish, chicken and cattle were produced in three forms namely power, planting tapes and liquid.

The treatment is capable of curing wounds and improving the health of farmed animals.

It is also capable of fertilising plants and preventing it from getting infected by disease-carrying insects. The product is notably environmentally friendly and free from harmful chemicals.

SPINDLE BAR INNOVATION

In recognition of the large contribution of college students in producing inventions with commercialisation prospects throughout the years, MyIPO introduced a category for them this year called the Inventor of IP. It was open to students of technical institutions or those similar to it.

The silver trophy winner of the category, from Pusat Latihan Teknologi Tinggi Batu Pahat (ADTEC) innovated the spindle bar by turning it into a tool that can twist into shape steel wafers by hand in a fast, easy and cost-effective way.

For their invention, Wan Mohammad Hazrul Wan Hussin, Muhamad Amin Shahidi and Zulkarnaen Salleh was awarded RM5,000 in cash, a trophy and certificate.

Their supervising lecturer Abdul Rahim Md Tahir when met after the award said that the spindle bar, made from recycled metal, was capable of decorating metal-based furniture and could be utilized by handicraft entrepreneurs.

"It can also help smalltime workshop owners as the price of a machine which does such work is about RM5,000, whereas our innovation can reduce the cost to as low as RM50 a unit," he said.

Besides being light, the spindle bar is also capable of tripling productivity, compared to the manual method.

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