WIPO Conference on
Building Partnership for Mobilizing
Resources for Development
Geneva, 5-6 November 2009
Abdalla A. Alnajjar, Ph.D.
President
Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF)
www.astf.net
Hardship all the way for Tech Commercialization
Policy; Working in an entity that does not support R&D not have Patent policy
Funds; No Gov Funds nor Industry support
Protection; lack of How, Where, Language barrier
Culture; does not accept releasing of inventions!!
Commercialization; Licensing or Start-up
Productization & Registration; the country procedures structured to import
products
Pub. No: WO/2009/093079
Int. Application no.: PCT/GB2009/050063
ABOU FOUL, KHEDR SOBHY
Agriculture Engineer
www.aashabbio.com
6 Products for the innovation
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TTO can contribute to Development
• By positioning the labs on niche sectors of vital interest to the region
and to the world ( renewable energy, water, health care, ICT…)
• By valuing Research Results in University labs
• By creating better framework for IP protection and enforcement,
• By good IP protection raise LP/VC interest and give confidence &
reputation
• By selecting team of entrepreneurs with complementary
background ( technology + Management)
• By securing appropriate funding at early stages, BA particularly
• By securing commercialization or acquisition of technology through
Technology Transfer/Licensing agreements,
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The Case of Developing Countries
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In Arabia, as an example for developing world, IP still passes more or less as a technical non-issue
primarily of interest to a few experts. We need WIPO to help us change that. So far, IP has been largely
looked upon from a legal perspective (Lawyers), while Arab scientists and even entrepreneurs know very
little about intellectual property.
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I think a multidisciplinary perspective (one that looks at it as a strategic asset more than a legal
framework) is needed to turn IP into a tool for economic, social and cultural prosperity.
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Shortage on Government plans to help people to understand the value of patents
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Application for patents is very expensive and require specialized agencies that are not handy to
applicants.
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High costs that are not affordable to scientists; many months salaries.
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Even before applying for patents there is no organization that helps the researcher to make patents
search for them, and if there is they are again very expensive with a low quality.
•
Most of peoples who works as patents searchers in the GCC, for example, cannot read or speak perfect
English and non-who can read German, French or other European languages (Language Barrier).
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The path forward (after patenting) is not understood nor clear. No Commercialization skills; prototype,
license, startup.
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It is not a rewarding process.
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IP and TT requires dedicated bodies and efforts which does not exist in developing world countries or is
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not set for the mission.
Sample
Project
Academic Technology Transfer
Technology Transfer Office provide services for effective and efficient
commercialization of innovations, inventions and research findings.
Aim
First Milestone
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Open ASTF office in Tunis to manage the
program
Hiring World known specialists from AUTM
and LES
Official support of WIPO
First workshop for technology transfer in
Fes, Morocco
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Establish 10 offices for technology
transfer in Arab countries
Raising awareness on IP laws and
rights in both universities and
companies in the region
Guide research contracts from
industry towards universities
Helping the commercialization of
Arab research breakthrough
Creating local Experts in intellectual
properties : diligence & transfer
Upgrading technology of Arab
industry through gaining technology
from inside and outside region.
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ASTF Innovation Model
Core
Innovation
Technology
Market
Activities
Extraction
Investment
Bridging
Inv in Tech Website
Patents
Catalogue
R&D
Activities
Tech
Trans. O.
Tech BP Comp
Industry
Comm. &
Networks
S&T Parks
Made in
Arabia
Industry
BP C
Incubators
Grants
Program
Government
Incubators
Comp.
Inv. In Tech.
Forum
VC Seed
Fund
Commercialization &
Technology Transfer
R&D
Centers
IP
Licensing
Investment Readiness
Society & Scientific Community
Academia
M
A
R
K
E
T
Start-ups
Support
Feasibility S.
Support
Existing
Pilot
Planned
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Programs initiated Launched
in passed 4 months
• 2010 L’Oreal-UNESCO Pan-Arab
Regional Fellowship.
(Starting with Egypt, SA, Tunis, and Kuwait and UAE)
[email protected]
• Raising Entrepreneurship Skills
(Sponsored by Intel, to train 30,000 in SA, Jordan, Egypt,
Tunis and Morocco. University Students and 20,000 SchoolTeachers) Supported by Intel International
http://reyada.astf.net
• Industrial Startup Arab World
Finals on the 18th of Nov. from 7 Arab Countries
Supported by Social Security Funds
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ASTF in the Arab Region;
Geographical and Virtual Footprints
www.astf.net
ASTF manages its progs
from (Offices):
1) Sharjah
(Grants Program)
2) Baghdad
(Scientist Rescue
Prog)
3) Cairo
(Extraction of
Innovation Prog)
4) Amman
(Inv in Tech Prog)
5) Tunis
(Tech Transfer Prog)
6) Tetwan/Fes
(EU ties program)
ASTF Specialized Networks :
Arab Biotechnology Network - UAE
Renewable Energy Network –Tunis
Arab Science Journalists Association - Egypt
Arab Network on Nanotechnology – Sweden
RD&I Network on Electro Technology – Morocco
Technopreneurs and Investors Network – Jordan
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Arab Women Association for Research &Development - Egypt
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Collaborative Approach of ASTF
Partners & Sponsors
(Selected among 400+ different entity)
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Thank You
Arab Science and Technology Foundation
University City
P.O.Box 27272
Sharjah, UAE
[email protected]
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