Technology Transfer Office
Commercialization of technology is a collaborative process between the Technology Transfer Office, researchers, and partners. Therefore, Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) now have an Office of Technology Transfer (TTO) under the Department of Research & Innovation dedicated to identifying research which has potential commercial interest and strategies for how to exploit it. For instance, a research result may be of scientific and commercial interest, but patents are normally only issued for practical processes, and so someone not necessarily the researchers must come up with a specific practical process, proof of concept and market prototype.
Successful technology transfer often results in a business license or a start-up company. In addition to traditional technology transfer, the TTO carries out a number of other functions, such as working with faculty to facilitate their research activities and collaborations with other institutions and with commercial partners. The TTO also serves as an interface between UMP and the business community, including economic development efforts.
The establishment of TTO at UMP is also in line with the Government initiatives that have been introduced to ensure Malaysia continues to grow at a healthy rate include the 1Malaysia Programme, the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and the Government Transformation
Programme (GTP). Under the Prime Minister's initiative, Unit Inovasi Khas (UNIK) was established in August 2010 to act as the focal point for innovation in Malaysia and to drive the surge forward towards developing an innovation-led economy. As a result of UNIK's recommendation, the National Innovation Agency (Agensi Inovasi Malaysia, or AIM) was set up by an Act of Parliament (Akta Agensi Inovasi Malaysia 2010).
The AIM Act 2010 was tabled for its first reading in Parliament on 13 December 2010 before being passed on its third and final reading on 21 December 2010. The AIM Act 2010 spells out the rationale and philosophies behind AIM and also enumerates the specific mandate of the statutory body. AIM has two clear objectives that provide the foundation for the innovation blueprint:-
1. To bring about societal well-being through the cultivation of the innovation eco-system.
2. To drive the national innovation agenda to generate new-wave wealth.
Given the nature of its mandate, AIM operates across the boundaries of government, allowing it to employ a whole-of-government approach in its operations. AIM will cut across borderlines to engage with all Ministries and Agencies on any matters relating to innovation to ensure the entire country's efforts are being effectively focused on accomplishing Malaysia's national innovation goals.
About the Technology Transfer Office at Universiti Malaysia Pahang
Commercialization of technology is a collaborative process between the Technology Transfer Office, researchers, and partners. Our approach is to provide a resource to any individual or group interested in commercial activity, working hand-in-hand with corporate partners and support groups. The Technology Transfer Office at Universiti Malaysia Pahang pursues three primary goals:
Intellectual Property Management
Patenting is the most common way to protect UMP's intellectual property. Other methods include confidential disclosure agreements, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. According to the university's Policy on Patents and Inventions, inventions and software that are created as part of the research process are owned by the university. Circumstances associated with intellectual property ownership are complex and company representatives are encouraged to talk to TTO prior to engaging a faculty member in research or consulting.
TTO reviews invention disclosures and interviews the inventor(s) in order to develop a clear understanding of the invention's technical merit, patentability or protect ability, and commercial potential. The evaluation process also determines whether funds will be expended to patent an invention and serves as the foundation for the commercialization strategy.
Commercialization & Collaboration
Establishing collaborations and working relationships between industry and each of the research and creative areas of UMP. Whether working with existing alliance partners, new corporate partners, spinoff companies, entrepreneurs, venture capital or angel investors, Technology Transfer Office staff are continuously in the process of patenting technologies, licensing inventions, and helping spin-out new ventures.
- Pre Commercialization Products
- Commercialization Products
- Technology Licensing