The Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO), Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has presented another five (5) patent certificates received from the Nigerian Patent Registry in addition to the previous six (6) patent certificates earlier received.
Presenting the certificates to the inventors, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede congratulated them for the great feat, saying that what was being celebrated were a product of dedication, hardwork and perseverance, considering the challenges and impediments on the way of researchers. He added that they deserved commendation and adoration of all, emphasising that if Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer is properly managed it can create wealth for the University.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Simeon Bamire, while congratulating the Director of IPTTO, Professor Gbenga Ilori and the researchers for the accomplishment stressed that “it is interesting to note that last year they received six (6) patent certificates and another five (5) this year while many are still coming”.
The Director, IPTTO, Professor Gbenga Ilori, in his address at the event remarked that IPTTO was established in 2006 with the mandate to manage and create wealth from Intellectual Property Assets of the University, noting that the office has been carrying out various activities in line with its mandate. According to him, the sensitization activities of IPTTO within the OAU Community are yielding positive results, even as he added that researchers and inventors in OAU are now showing interests in getting Intellectual Property Rights (IPRS) for their works.
Ilori maintained that obtaining patents is a great achievement, saying this will project the image of the University as a leading University engaging in patentable research which could be commercialized. “Patent also serves as important tool in stimulating the establishment of start-ups and spin-offs from research activities in the University, and also plays a significant role in facilitating University-Industry Linkage”, the Director submitted.
The inventors who get their certificates are Dr. Adewole Olanisun of the Department of Medicine, who invented Pleuracheck: a rapid diagnostic test to diagnose pleural effusion and QTB Test (Nisun TB TEST): a non-invasive rapid diagnostic test to detect active tuberculosis; Dr. Sanni Lateef of the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, who invented a multiple-drum and multi-purpose continuous-flow conductive rotary dryer for granular free-flowing materials; Dr. Morakinyo Afolabi of the Department of Food Science and Technology, who invented a synchronized medium-scale palm oil fruits processing mill, and the immediate-past Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Elujoba together with Ajayi Olusoji and Adepiti Oluwatoyin of the Department of Pharmacognosy, who invented Mama Powder Products: an antimalaria herbal formulation.