URSB launches Technology and Innovation Support Centre at Gulu University

URSB launches Technology and Innovation Support Centre at Gulu University

Researchers at universities can use their minds to innovate and create

useful things that may also have a lot of commercial potential. But many of them are not well informed about their rights to protect and benefit from their creations, generally referred to as Intellectual Property (IP) rights.

Dozens of researchers at Gulu University gathered on February 23, 2022, in the university’s library, to witness the launch of a centre that will help them learn about as well as benefit from their IP rights.

Gulu University’s Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC) is the thirtieth such centre launched in Uganda by the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) for training researchers on IP rights and how to access IP databases. TISC is a World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) programme which “provides innovators in developing countries with access to locally based, high quality technology information and related services, helping them to exploit their innovative potential and to create, protect, and manage their intellectual property (IP) rights.”

Participants pose for a group photo outside the new Gulu University Library 

While launching the centre, the Gulu University Vice Chancellor, Prof. George Openjuru Ladaah, urged the university’s researchers to “go through” all the ideas and research produced at the university and check for patentable elements.

“What I want to see is outcomes. I want to see patents. Is our logo registered, our gown, and our certificates? All these are materials we can patent,” Prof. Ladaah said.

Prof. David Okello Owiny, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of academic affairs, said Gulu University was deep into research and a lot of research had been produced from the university’s faculties and institutes.

Gulu University Deputy University Secretary Christopher Obalim (l) and Prof. David Okello Owiny

“Some of these researches are ending up into innovations and innovations become intellectual properties. This centre will encourage researchers to do more research, innovate and produce more intellectual properties,” he said, adding: “Thank you Prof Charles Okumu [BSU Chair] for the support from BSU and thank you URSB.”

Kizito Ongaya, the Acting University Librarian and Coordinator of Gulu University’s TISC said the university had already faced intellectual property management issues. “We need to know what patents, copyright and intellectual properties are,” he said.

Kizito Ongaya addressed participants 

The URSB was represented by Stella Ogwal (Registrar in charge of Gulu office), Abraham Onyait Ageet (Senior Officer, Search and Examination) and Tony James Lubwama (Manager Patents and Industrial Designs). These were also in charge of training Gulu university Library staff in applying TISC.

Stella Ogwal addresses participants during the launch

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Building Stronger Universities (BSU)-Gulu is a multifaceted programme aimed at strengthening research capacity at Gulu University in northern Uganda

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