YOİKK Intellectual Property Rights and R&D Technical Committee Meeting
Intellectual Property Rights and R&D Technical Committee of the Coordination Council for the Improvement of Investment Environment (YOİKK) held a meeting on March 18, 2015 in the Turkish Patent Institute. In the meeting, Technical Committee discussed the recent advances made by working groups which were formed for each 6 actions of the Committee.
Recent developments regarding three actions having direct or indirect relation with technology transfer are summarized below.
In the context of the second action titled “Search for an effective University-Industry-Public cooperation management model”, responsible authority Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology stated the recent developments in its working report as in the following:
- The ministry prepared Public-University-Industry Collaboration (KÜSİ) Strategy Paper and Action Plan (including 6 objectives and 31 actions)
- The ministry created a working group consisting of 30 academicians from 26 development regions for the implementation of 31 actions
- Members of the working group have been working on KÜSİ-related issues in their regions in close cooperation with stakeholders and coming together periodically to assess their studies such as the ones in Ankara, Bursa and Malatya.
- Moreover, a “University-Industry Collaboration Commission” has been established by the Council of Higher Education (YÖK).
Some issues stated in the “Report on Expectations and Problems of Industry in University-Industry Collaboration” prepared by the The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey in the context of the second action are as follows:
- The report was prepared by compiling survey results from 365 Chambers/Commodity Exchanges, 38 Teknopark management companies, 51 sector councils (246 different views/suggestions, 14 main problem areas, 61 solution suggestions)
- The report suggests to create a central management structure (University-Industry Collaboration Coordination Committee) and a sub-unit (regional Technology Platforms)
At the end of the meeting, Presidency of the Committee asked for views on the report from other stakeholders and stated that it was envisaged to finish the working report by the end of April 2015.
In the context of the third action titled “Designing a model for measuring the performance of Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) with the feedback of the industry representatives”, responsible authority The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) stated the recent developments as in the following:
- TUBITAK has been planning to conduct a survey related to measuring the performance of TTOs in 2015
- TUBITAK prepared an assessment template for monitoring inputs and outputs
- TUBITAK specified managers of R&D Centers as spectators
- TUBITAK envisages to finalize the action at the beginning of the next May
Regarding the sixth action of “Analysis of fee deduction practice for patent, trademark and industrial design applications of natural person, SMEs and universities”, the issues below came to the fore:
- Turkish Patent Institute (TPI) examined fee deduction practices of other patent systems for patent, trademark and industrial design applications of different applicants and prepared the draft report.
- The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) will provide some motives regarding the fee deduction for trademark applications.
- Regulatory compliance of the fee deduction practice for natural person, SMEs and universities has been discussed and it has been decided that the Council of Ministers should authorize the TPI in order to implement the practice.
* Six actions of Intellectual Property Rights and R&D Technical Committee:
1-Checking out IP-related course contents in all education levels and reporting
2-Searching for an effective University-Industry-Public cooperation management model
3-Designing a model for measuring the performance of Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) with the feedback of the industry representatives
4-Analysis of the need for an accessible (by related parties), multi-purpose and comprehensive database in order to provide an insight for the extent of IPR infringements in Turkey
5-Making the annilation activities of IPR infringing goods more effective and legislative arrangements
6-Analysis of fee deduction practice for patent, trademark and industrial design applications of natural person, SMEs and universities.