Attorney General hails UBD’s IP Policy

By Syafiq Affendy, BB18 March 2010

The Attorney General of Brunei Darussalam yesterday called for the establishment of a formal lead agency for the country or a suitable institution to administer and promote Intellectual Property (IP) awareness in the era of the knowledge-based society.

Datin Paduka Hjh Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Hj Mohd Salleh made the call as guest of honour at the launching ceremony for the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Intellectual Property Policy, held at the ILIA Lecture Theatre, UBD.

She underlined the importance of formulating policies as akin to the nation’s national and international obligation, adding that the policy is tasked with the role of advising on and administering laws, promoting IP awareness and infrastructure to facilitate development of IP in Brunei Darussalam, and serving as IP regulator and policy advisor.

“I therefore applaud and congratulate the University for its bold initiative in setting up the Industry Enterprise Office (IEO), as I believe that dynamic, interactive links between industry and research and development institutions as well as research-based departments in universities should be encouraged and strengthened,” the Attorney General said.

“Industry and enterprises in the private sector should also be encouraged and strengthened to plough much greater funding in R&D. In this regard, the Attorney General’s Chambers will continually render its support to the University, vis a vis the Innovation and Enterprise Office (IEO). The IEO through its Patent Information and Documentation Unit (PIDU) will play an important role in encouraging a systematic use of patent information by researchers and business enterprises, as patent search enables identification of both trends in R&D as well as the most recent and leading edge technologies,” she added.

Earlier on, the Attorney General shared with the guests the importance of having an effective intellectual property system.

“The intellectual property system is one of the cornerstones of modern economic policy and a catalyst for development. It will increasingly become an important tool for sustainable development in this knowledge-based society of the millennium. Effectively managed, the system has considerable economic value, since intellectual property signifies advancing knowledge in the form of new ideas, techniques, designs, processes and products having economic and commercial potential.

“The socio-economic benefits stem from the enhancement of qualitative competitiveness through the use of the system which is a critical tool in development. An effective promotion and protection of IPR encourages creativity and innovation. IP thefts kill innovations and creativity,” she added.

According to Datin Hjh Hayati, the Attorney General’s Chambers, with its limited resources has been the ‘informal’ lead agency which assists in promoting the protection and administration of intellectual property rights in Brunei through the drafting of the necessary laws, cooperation with copyright owners, giving lectures to schools, universities, Government agencies and the public and conducting prosecutions of IPR infringement.

“I am confident that with the implementation of an independent patent system later this year, local investors and innovators would be able to create, develop and commercialise new technologies and innovations to their advantage,” she said.

The Vice Chancellor of UBD, Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi, in his speech said that the IP Policy is an asset to the university by which the creation and development of IP at the university would encourage new business ventures – through licensing, technology transfer and commercialisation – as well as facilitate university-industry links.

The IP Policy, said the Vice Chancellor, has also been established to safeguard, protect, exploit and facilitate the commercial development of IP created at the university, providing an incentive to the university’s employees and students as well as associates to participate in such innovation and invention, while acknowledging the university’s ownership and role in the discovery and dissemination of knowledge. 

The Attorney General of Brunei Darussalam yesterday called for the establishment of a formal lead agency for the country or a suitable institution to administer and promote Intellectual Property (IP) awareness in the era of the knowledge-based society.

Datin Paduka Hjh Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Hj Mohd Salleh made the call as guest of honour at the launching ceremony for the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Intellectual Property Policy, held at the ILIA Lecture Theatre, UBD.

She underlined the importance of formulating policies as akin to the nation’s national and international obligation, adding that the policy is tasked with the role of advising on and administering laws, promoting IP awareness and infrastructure to facilitate development of IP in Brunei Darussalam, and serving as IP regulator and policy advisor.

“I therefore applaud and congratulate the University for its bold initiative in setting up the Industry Enterprise Office (IEO), as I believe that dynamic, interactive links between industry and research and development institutions as well as research-based departments in universities should be encouraged and strengthened,” the Attorney General said.

“Industry and enterprises in the private sector should also be encouraged and strengthened to plough much greater funding in R&D. In this regard, the Attorney General’s Chambers will continually render its support to the University, vis a vis the Innovation and Enterprise Office (IEO). The IEO through its Patent Information and Documentation Unit (PIDU) will play an important role in encouraging a systematic use of patent information by researchers and business enterprises, as patent search enables identification of both trends in R&D as well as the most recent and leading edge technologies,” she added.

Earlier on, the Attorney General shared with the guests the importance of having an effective intellectual property system.

“The intellectual property system is one of the cornerstones of modern economic policy and a catalyst for development. It will increasingly become an important tool for sustainable development in this knowledge-based society of the millennium. Effectively managed, the system has considerable economic value, since intellectual property signifies advancing knowledge in the form of new ideas, techniques, designs, processes and products having economic and commercial potential.

“The socio-economic benefits stem from the enhancement of qualitative competitiveness through the use of the system which is a critical tool in development. An effective promotion and protection of IPR encourages creativity and innovation. IP thefts kill innovations and creativity,” she added.

According to Datin Hjh Hayati, the Attorney General’s Chambers, with its limited resources has been the ‘informal’ lead agency which assists in promoting the protection and administration of intellectual property rights in Brunei through the drafting of the necessary laws, cooperation with copyright owners, giving lectures to schools, universities, Government agencies and the public and conducting prosecutions of IPR infringement.

“I am confident that with the implementation of an independent patent system later this year, local investors and innovators would be able to create, develop and commercialise new technologies and innovations to their advantage,” she said.

The Vice Chancellor of UBD, Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi, in his speech said that the IP Policy is an asset to the university by which the creation and development of IP at the university would encourage new business ventures – through licensing, technology transfer and commercialisation – as well as facilitate university-industry links.

The IP Policy, said the Vice Chancellor, has also been established to safeguard, protect, exploit and facilitate the commercial development of IP created at the university, providing an incentive to the university’s employees and students as well as associates to participate in such innovation and invention, while acknowledging the university’s ownership and role in the discovery and dissemination of knowledge.