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[ossig] Government to Build New Intellectual Property Management Competencies



http://www.magazine.jaring.my/2005/april/index_stay.html?id=1050&month=april&year=2005

Not new, but to refresh some memories in case anyone forgotten or missthis piece ofnews.
Notice some of the names such as P. Kandiah, one of the softwarepatent advocates IPlawyer who rebutted Ditesh, Dinesh and Dr Nah's articlethat rebutted Butt's pro patent(eventually software patent) article in The Star.
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Government to Build New Intellectual Property Management CompetenciesBy: Hizamnuddin Awang2005-04-27  10:16
PUTRAJAYA -- The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs(www.kpdnhep.gov.my) announced a partnership with Microsoft Malaysia and theMalaysian IP Corporation (MyIPO) to build and deepen strategicintellectual property (IP)competencies towards building new economic value in Malaysia. This isthe first program ofits kind that is being rolled out in the Asia Pacific region.
The program called Strategic Intellectual Property Management Program(SIPMP) is aimedat senior government officials. This program will comprise of 10intensive trainingsessions,which aim at teaching participants on the roles of IP in theinnovation economy;managing innovation and IP as national assets; developing strategic IPpolicies forgovernments; IP and the legislative landscape; the valuation of IPassets; and developingpatent strategies for companies.
Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Hj Mohd ShafieApdal, in hiskeynote address said, "In reinventing the national economy, we arelooking to buildMalaysia as a nation of knowledge producers not mere consumers. IP isset to become thecurrency of the future and Malaysia must ready herself to trade in theinnovation economy."
He said that the Strategic IP program, which is targeted at thegovernment, would be one ofthe key instruments in allowing Malaysia to create, protect, manageand exploit its IPassets towards enhancing its economic competitiveness.
In the innovation economy, a nation's capacity and capability to churnelements such asintellectual property such as patents, copyrights, trademarks andindustrial design will formthe central pillars of success.
According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)(www.wipo.int) report in2002, it took 22 years to file the first 500,000 but only the last 4years to hit 1 million mark.
Companies around the world have filed applications for one millioninternational patentssince the system began in 1978, the United Nations agency forintellectual propertyannounced. The most patents filed in pharmaceuticals (6 percent),followed by informationtechnologies (5 to 6 percent), biotechnology (3 percent) andtelecommunications (3 percent).
"Patents, which are a derivative of IP, are indicative of the wealthof a nation. This is thetime when wealth generation is shifting away from physical tointellectual capital. Wecannot manage our success as we did in the manufacturing andindustrial age  it requiresnew approaches, new paradigms," said Butt Wai Choon, managingdirector, MicrosoftMalaysia Sdn. Bhd (www.microsoft.com/malaysia).
He said, with globalization and rapid technological developments, IPhas become a matterof strategic significance against traditional advantages such asabundant natural resourcesand geographical location. "Those who are able to exploit IP assetswill gain newcompetitive advantage."
The challenge, however, Wai Choon said, "is in the commercialexploitation of IP and this isthe new race for nations on the global scene."
He also said that Microsoft is committed to investing in to help buildnew capabilities inMalaysia. "Other than its people, IP is at the heart of Microsoft's capital."
Microsoft is excited to be able to work with the Malaysian Governmentto further enhanceits competitive edge by leveraging on IP assets. "The program willallow us to share bestpractices, frameworks and expertise that will allow us to extract thecommercial value ofour intellectual assets, to accelerate Malaysia's competitiveness inthe global economy."
SIPMP provides an intensive management-oriented guide on key aspectsof IP policy andIP asset management. This program seeks to share insights from theprivate sector on theissues like how IP assets can be leveraged as a tool for competitiveadvantage forenterprises and nations; identification of key economic, legal andbusiness issues in thedesign, development and management of IP policy at the both thenational level as well asindustry / corporate level; and understand how to design and develop alegislative frameworkto enhance IP creation, management and exploitation.
Other topics to be covered are the key legal concepts in theprotection and management ofdigital IP assets including auditing of government IP assets ine-government projects; andkey legal and business risk management principles that organizationsshould adopt as partof their IP asset management policy.
According to Wai Choon, there are 2 components of the initiative thatMicrosoft is pursuingwith the Malaysian Government. First, is a new capability-buildingprogram focusing on a10-module program that focuses on the strategic management of IP assets.
The second component is the Government IP Commercialization Programwhich seeks tohelp governments commercialize IT and e-government solutions togenerate new sources ofrevenue for the country.
A panel consisting of industry experts, IP lawyers and academicianswill present the10-week program (10 module). Among them are Zaid Hamzah, Director forIP, MicrosoftSouth Asia Pacific; P. Kandiah of Kass International Sdn Bhd; ChuahJern Ern of AdvanzFidelis; Chee Chun Woei, Intelleigen (Singapore) Pte Ltd; and IPlawyers Wong Jin Neeand David Len.
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