ROMPIN: With immediate effect, all scientists can apply for financial help to patent their inventions.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Mohd Jarjis said scientists involved in research and development (R&D) work within or outside the country could apply to have their inventions copyrighted.
“There have been many inventions, but the number of those patented is small,” he said after closing the National Service Training Programme at the Pinggiran Pelangi camp in Muadzam Shah near here yesterday.
The ministry, he said, would change the country's R&D policy under the Ninth Malaysia Plan so that it could be promoted as a strategy to accelerate the country's progress.
“I have presented this idea to the Economic Planning Unit and it will be tabled in the Cabinet once given the green light,” he said.
He said Malaysian scientists were at the losing end as their inventions were only patented in the country.
It prevents them from getting any form of royalty when their R&D works are used by the West to invent products for the international market.
Jamaluddin said Malaysia was still behind Korea, China and Taiwan, which monopolised the R&D in the United States because the number of Malaysia's R&D works which were patented in the US was low.
He said today only between and 3% and 5% of the R&D work had been translated into products, while the rest was utilised for academic researches and prototype.
“We hope the private sector will help commercialise the inventions of our scientists so that the products can penetrate the world market,” he said.
Contributions from the plantation, real estate and infrastructure sectors are needed to help realise this goal. – Bernama