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UTech, Jamaica: Workshop “Capturing Value from Research Results” June 22, 2016

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UTech, Jamaica is one of several Caribbean partners implementing the European Union co-financed project “Empowering Knowledge Transfer in the Caribbean through effective Intellectual Property Rights & Knowledge Transfer Regimes – IPICA,” which is led by the University of Alicante, Spain. As one of the deliverables of this project, a second capacity-building workshop was held on Friday, June 03, 2016, at the Faculty of Engineering and Computing, UTech, Ja. Papine campus. A total of 31 participants from the UTech, Jamaica, local Technology Transfer Managers & Researchers from other public higher education and research institutions, and relevant Government Agencies participated in the workshop. The theme of the workshop was “Capturing Value from Research Results” and it was hosted by the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship(SGSRE) in association with Caribbean Research and Innovation Management Association (CabRIMA). The workshop was a  follow-up to one held on April 29, 2016, under the theme “The Innovation Imperative: Knowledge Transfer as a Key Driver of Innovation.”

Presenters were from the UTech, Jamaica, Jamaica Intellectual Property Office, The University of the West Indies, Bio-Tech R&D Institute, and the Planning Institute of Jamaica. The presenters used interactive presentations and case studies to demonstrate to participants the process of capturing value from innovative research results.

Associate Professor & Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies, Research & Entrepreneurship, Dr. Paul Ivey in his welcome commended the efforts made by researchers to add to Jamaica’s pool of IP resources, noting that if properly developed and utilized, IP can add great value to any institution. He also gave an overview of the objectives of the IPICA Project. Graduate Studies, Research & Entrepreneurship Officer, Ms. Tashoya Streete, and Projects and Operations Manager, Mr. Martin Henry explored the  current state of IP policies and best practice provisions in IP policies in local Higher Education Institutions and Research Organizations from a study carried out under the IPICA project.

Ms. Gail Nelson, Technology Planner at the PIOJ outlined the importance of identifying, inventorying & reporting knowledge assets, and explained how data collected by the PIOJ informed policy development within the context of Vision 2030. Mr. Jason Wongsam, Assistant Patent Manager at JIPO, discussed the strategic use of IP in value creation. The workshop culminated with presentations on case studies of innovations that were successfully commercialized – Dr. Earle Wilson, Senior Lecturer, FENC, UTech, Jamaica shared experiences on the re-engineering of standard street lights with LED circuitry; Prof. Daniel Coore of The UWI shared how the Cardiac Simulator was developed and eventually licensed; and Ms. Kaysha Smith of Bio-Tech R&D discussed how her organization developed and marketed a potent herbal tea.

Feedback from the participants indicated they were very satisfied with the content covered in the workshop.


For more information on IPICA, please use the link below:



School of Graduate Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship
University of Technology, Jamaica
June 21, 2016



Alumni Relations Office
University of Technology, Jamaica




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