Very few inventions patented

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: Seven in every 1,000 inventions get patented in Malaysia compared to 220 in every 1,000 in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. 

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Jamaluddin Mohd Jarjis said most of the Malaysian inventions were carried out by government agencies which did not register them as patents. 

“In future, my ministry will facilitate and support the registration of the inventions. 

“We will not only register the invention but protect it under the Intellectual Property Rights,” he said after a luncheon talk at Nikko Hotel here. 

The luncheon was held by the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute to host visiting speaker Rowan Gibson who conducted a one-day seminar on Rethinking Malaysia: Meeting the Challenges of the New Era

Dr Jamaluddin said he would discuss with the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry on an efficient way to register patents. 

He also said his ministry was taking stock of public and private sector grants for conducting research.  

“We will try and co-ordinate it to encourage more research so that innovations can be exported and this will mean more revenue for the country in terms of increasing the gross domestic product. 

“My ministry will offer all assistance if the invention is going to put Malaysia on the world map,” he said. 

Dr Jamaluddin said 90% of exports comprised products developed by multi-national corporations and so there was a need for companies to develop a reservoir of Malaysian scientific and technological capabilities and content. 

“Research and development must originate from the local market. 

“The success of technology development efforts depends on the correct and optimal use of the science, technology and human resources of the country,” he added. 

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