Reproduced from Beyond the First World with kind permission.
[Editor’s Note: While this article is focused upon the situation in Kenya, the principles are applicable to any developing country.]
Youths could be losing out on having their innovations patented due to financial limitations and lacking knowledge on protecting creations from unauthorised use.
Some students claim patenting costs were high, a challenge that prompted them to prefer sharing their innovations with people or organisations who show interest in financing the process.
They are, however, saying the promises come to nought when the benefactors start “taking us in circles.”
“Unfortunately, some of them own our ideas and keep taking us in circles immediately they discover it can boost their career. One told me my work was not original only to realise later that he had modified it and presented it as his own,” said Geoffrey Kyalo, an engineering student at a college in Eldoret Town.
The students said the Sh5,000 application fee charged when embarking on the patenting process was out of reach for many who cannot afford to jostle between studies and following up on registration.
Mr Kyalo said some students preferred to sell their innovations to institutions or researchers at lower rates and return to the drawing board to develop others instead of moving around to have them patented.
Read the Full and Original Article – allAfrica.com – Dennis Ogunda – November 2, 2010