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8.7.1 Applying fora patent
If you think you have something patentable it is vital to keep it secret and not disclose it in anyway. A patent needs to be filed in each country where it needs to be protected – normally the countries in which the product is to be sold or the process licensed. Upon submission of an application, the examiners at the IP office will scrutinise the submission to see if it meets the criteria for patenting. Later, this will also be subject to wider searchers to find out if this patent exists elsewhere so as to avoid infringing the rights of others. A patent system performs both protection of an invention as well as disclosure of information so that others may use it when the patent lapses. Patent information is not secret even at the time it is under protection. The technical specification can be accessed to enable a researcher to make improvements to what already exists on the market. In European inventor can obtain patent protection for all European countries under the European Convention (EPC). Article 2 of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial property obliges member states of the convention to treat nationals of fellow member states the same way as their own nationals with regard to industrial property protection. Application for protection would be done in each member county within twelvemonths upon the

99 first application as it were. However, the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) administered by WIPO simplifies this process byway of filing one single international application with the same effect as filing separate applications in all different countries party to the PCT. This reduces on costs for protection as well as processing of the application. Apart from paying the necessary fees, the conditions for granting a patent have to be fulfilled and a search will be made before a patent is granted. An annual fee needs to be paid by the patent holder to maintain the originator’s property rights. It is therefore imperative for an IPR holder to find ways of exploiting his/her IP so as to justify the costs of its protection.

Manual contents
Training objectives
Style and content of the training programme
Introduction to the trainers
Francis ouruma alacho
Professor satish chandra
Chitaku g. mucheleng’anga
Dr gregory robin
Professor keith tomlins
Course timetable
Module one writing research proposals
Value chain approaches
Table 2.1 concept note content
Expected results
Other related
Why is it important to the scientific world – what
Practice makes perfect!!
Split into existing groups
Example of coding an interview script
Undertaking research in value chains
What is a value chain
Fieldwork exercise diagnosis of trc value chain research needs
Ideas for interview questions general
Table 5.1 criteria fora successful interviewer
Module two research methods
Informed consent
Table 7.1 selected patent applications by patent office, broken down by resident and
Source: wipo statistics database, january 2011
Module three capturing intellectual property rights
Table 8.1: summary of types of intellectual property and what they protect
Certification marks
Potato”. ab geographical indication (gi)
Plant breeders' rights (pbr)
Protection of new plant varieties
Exercise: who owns ip
Hawai’i taro patent controversy
Source: makerere university (2010) process map for to-be process – inv 1.1 protection-patenting.
Chapter ten building a community of practice
References/further reading
Research methods
Intellectual property rights
Appendix 1 understanding and using development terms
Information on data
Quality assurance
Backup and security
Expected difficulties in data sharing
Preparation of data for sharing and archiving
Appendix 4 research funding bodies
African union research grant call
Bill & melinda gates foundation, usa
Gdn’s global research capacity building program on research
International foundation for science
Leverhulme-royal society africa award
Newton international fellowships scheme
Rockefeller foundation
Start (system for analysis research and training)
The africa/asia/latin america scholarly collaborative program
The cgiar research program on climate change, agriculture, and food
The food security center (fsc) university of hohenheim, germany
Third world academy of sciences
World bank – development marketplace
Appendix 5 check your proposal
It is important not to
Typical comments from evaluators of eu research proposals (corn, 2010)
Final advice from the eu/checklist
Appendix 6 course forms
Strongly agree
End of training evaluation form

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