The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) with the support of the Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) today hosted the "Patent Protection: Securing the Rights to Your Innovation" seminar at the Seri Kerna Hall, AITI Office in Anggerek Desa.

The first speaker was Dr. Nagender Aneja, Senior Manager at the Innovation and Enterprise Office, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, who talked about patentability criteria and ways to find out whether an invention is new/novel/non-obvious or otherwise. Participants were tested with an exercise on how to do a prior art search.

Dr. Nagender then facilitated a workshop on Patent Drafting. Through this workshop, participants had a go at writing and describing Patent Claims.

The Patent System in Brunei was then presented by Hjh Zunaidah binti Hj Ramli/Ismail, Senior Legal Officer at the Attorney General's Chamber and Yapp Shih Kuo @ Yapp Zhuan Rong, Assistant Executive Officer of BruIPO.

Rabi'atul Adawiyah Abdullah of Grand IP Technologies then shared her views on Patent Commercialisation. She followed this talk with her experience gaining PCT (World) Made in Brunei granted patent: Color Solar Panel Coating Technology.

The final talk was on the topic of Patent Enforcement/Infringement and Post-Filing Activities by two presenters from CCW Partnership, Mr. On Hung Zheng and Ms. Jacqueline Lau. It was mentioned that currently there are no IP infringement cases in Brunei so far.

This workshop is organized to increase awareness on patent value and processes with aim to increase the number of commercialized ICT patents in Brunei. More than 50 participants comprising of representatives of the ICT industry, MSMEs, CIOs/CTOs, students and members of the public attended the workshop.

Two of the speakers -  Mr. On Hung Zheng and Ms. Jacqueline Lau from CCW Partnership covered topics on Patent Enforcement/Infringement and Post-Filing activities

Participants of the seminar