Jointly organized by
OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH),
International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS),
Sindh Innovation, Research, and Education Network (SIREN)
Venue: COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad
September 9, 2020,
to watch the recording.
Introduction of Event
Research and innovation are the keys for introducing high-technology products in
the market, which has a direct link to the global transformation of economies. These
innovative products are required to be legally protected in the form of intellectual
property at the national and international levels to allow financial benefits to
inventors and the country. It will also facilitate reinvestment in the technological
development. Intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, has gained
enormous importance in the knowledge-based economies. Patent protection is usually
essential in the life cycle of technology development, but it is highly relevant
to the research and development stage of the technology development process.
Patent protection of an invention in several different countries gives rights to
inventors to use their patent-protected invention freely in those countries
during the life of a patent, which is usually 20 years from the date of filing.
A patent also provides financial opportunities to inventors and their institutions
through licensing to third parties.
Many countries do not recognize the significance of patents. OIC countries with
a total population of 1.8 billion have only 6195 US patents, i.e., one patent per
290,000. On the other hand, the USA has one patent per 116 populations. Developing
economies need to focus much to link their IP with their growing economy. The best
examples of economies rising because of IP are China, Japan, and South Korea.
This certificate course is specially designed for scientists and engineers from
OIC member countries, providing them the opportunity to gain a detailed insight
into various aspects of an IP strategy, management, and commercialization. Course
will be delivered by one of leading scientists and internationally renowned
IP expert of USA.
Distinguished Speaker's Profile:
Prof. Dr. Sarfaraz K. Niazi, FRSB, FPAMS, FACB, SI,
Adjunct Professor, The University of Illinois and University of Houston
Visiting Professor, H. E. J. Research Institute of Chemistry, and NUST
Patent Law Practitioner, US Patent & Trademark Office, USA
Professor Dr. Sarfaraz K. Niazi, FRSB, FPAMS, FACB, SI, is a patent law practitioner
in the US, an entrepreneur, a teacher and researcher. He himself owns more than
200 US patents, authored over 100 research papers and 60+ major technology books.
He is also serving as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois, College
of Pharmacy, Ad Hoc faculty at the University of Houston, Texas, the H. E. J. Research
Institute of Chemistry (ICCBS), Karachi, and the National University of Science
and Technology, Islamabad. He has also served as a Foreign Professor at the H. E.
J. Research Institute of Chemistry, Karachi.
He serves on the editorial board of several journals and a fellow of Royal Society,
Pakistan Academy of Medical Sciences and American Society of Clinical Biochemistry.
In 2013, he received one of the highest civilian awards, Star of Distinction (Sitara-e-Imtiaz)
in Engineering, from the Pakistani President. He has hosted a radio show at Voice
of America (US State Department) every week for more than seven years, with the
audience into billions.
Professor Niazi has been helping the Higher Education Commission of
Pakistan in developing US IP for the Pakistani scientists for more than 15 years.
Procedure to join:
Interested candidates are required to fill the
online registration form and submit by the deadline (September 4, 2020). Zoom link for the training will be placed on the website soon.
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