The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched an Intellectual Property (IP) policy to safeguard and promote the development and distribution of new technologies and services in Ghana. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Ghana Intellectual Property Organization (GHIPO) collaborated on the policy document, which went through several stages of development.
During the launch, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, Minister of the Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, praised the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research for its historical contributions to science, culture, and the development of Ghana. He affirmed that intellectual property rights were a statement of the CSIR’s dedication to the treasures of science and culture, yet he greatly claimed that many Ghana industries and the government of the country had ignored them.
Prof. Robert Kingsford-Adaboh, the chairman of the CSIR Governing Council, further said that the company has developed a number of innovations that have been profiled, compiled, and published for use as information and reference by the general public and the business sector. It is therefore encouraging that this IP strategy has now been developed and made public for the benefit of the innovator and the CSIR, the expert said.
Grace Ama Issahaque, Chief State Attorney, stated that the introduction of CSIR’s IP policy was the organization’s first move toward integrating IP into its business model at the Head of Ghana Industrial Property Office, Accra. She stated that the Registrar General’s Department’s Ghana Industrial Property Office and its partners would continue to work with stakeholders like the CSIR to strengthen their intellectual property management systems.