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Jacqueline Barnett, Director of Innovation Support and Technology Transfer, was invited by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to give seminars on technology transfer at the University of Ghana in Accra and Kwame Nkrumah University of Technology in Kumasi in November last year. The seminar was hosted by WIPO in collaboration with Registrar-General’s Department of Ghana and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO).

Jaci on her trip to GhanaJacqueline Barnett, Director of Innovation Support and Technology Transfer with Patrick Genin, ‘Nyalleng Pii and Christopher Kiige in Kumasi.

The topic of the seminar was the “Outreach on the role of patents and the Patent Cooperation Treaty in knowledge transfer and commercialization of technology.” Jaci spoke at both seminars on how to use patents to obtain commercial returns from research by providing insight on topics such as the role of patents in knowledge transfer and effective university–industry collaborations. She also spoke about starting and managing a university IP office from her personal experience at NMMU.

Jaci travelled with WIPO representatives ‘Nyalleng Pii and Patrick Genin, Senior Program Officer and Senior Legal Officer, respectively, based in Geneva, and Christopher Kiige, Technical Director of ARIPO, based in Harare.