Funding was awarded by the Rockefeller Foundation to establish a post for an USHEPiA Intellectual Property (IP) Co-ordinator, to provide services in IP management to the USHEPiA partner universities. This would include sensitisation of researchers to the importance of relevant IP issues, managing research agreements (including material transfer agreements), as well as formulating appropriate policies and strategies for the protection and exploitation of university IP.
This coincided with a related project being undertaken by UCT Innovation, in conjunction with Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) and Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and funded by the Department for International Development (DfID), to perform a Feasibility Study of an Inter-University Expertise Sharing Arrangement in Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer. Due to the areas of congruence between these projects, it was decided to run them together. This has provided an opportunity to test a concrete model for co-operation in this field within a well-established network.
Recommendations of the SETT Project*: Sharing Expertise in Technology Transfer, a feasibility study of an inter-university expertise-sharing arrangement in intellectual property management and technology transfer for USHEPiA partner universities, by Rosemary Wolson, Intellectual Property Manager, UCT Innovation, were approved by the USHEPiA International Steering Committee in November 2004.
Mr Saudin Jacob Mwakaje was appointed as the Intellectual Property Coordinator in 2006. He is based at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and is working with all the USHEPiA Universities.
* It was noted that one of the organizations of relevance to this project included the Carnegie Corporation.