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Strategic IP Management for Effective R&I in Asian Higher Education

Knowledge-based societies are underpinned by solid capacities on Intellectual Property (IP) management, collaborative research, and innovation, which is the very engine behind current and forthcoming scenarios for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Over the last two decades, in particular, regional and national policies have been asking universities to thoughtfully integrate IP and knowledge transfer into their mission and objectives for being able to respond to global socioeconomic challenges and demands. Within this framework, coherent IP institutional policies, contract and applied research, commercialisation of results, and university-industry collaborations of different types try to make their way amongst universities’ traditional activities. This is not an easy task for HEIs, which need now more than ever consistent IP policies and protocols, well-planned infrastructures and services (‘one-stop shop’ for the university community and local entrepreneurial tissues), and well-trained staff able to provide professional counsel.

Specific objectives:

  1. To strengthen knowledge and skills of personnel of the  Southeast Asian HEIs for the implementation of consistent IP protocols and policies, as well as for the provision of comprehensive IP services at the institutional and local levels.
  2. To establish IP Management Units (IPMUs) at the Southeast Asian HEIs as centralised services for providing IP related assistance to the universities' communities and local businesses.
  3. To set up a Regional IP Network amongst the PCUs, as a specialised forum of professionals to pool IP related resources and foster national and regional debate.

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Partners from EU: Agora Institute for Knowledge Management (Spain), University of Turku (Finland), Universitat di Bologna (Italy) a Masaryk University.

Partners from Malaysia: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (coordinator), Multimedia University

Partners from Thailand: Chulalongkorn University, Burapha University

Partners from Indonesia: Syiah Kuala University, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember

Partners from Philippines: University of Philippines, Mindanao State University

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