Nicki KoorbanallyR&D Outcomes ManagerMeraka Institute19 October 2011Translating intellectual assets into impact –Building ...
© CSIR 2011   www.csir.co.za
Emerging from the crisis in Africa “What would it take for Africa to create the jobs needed to absorb   the growing youth ...
CSIR Meraka InstituteVISIONThe vision is that Meraka will be recognised for the contribution that itsResearch, Development...
CSIR Meraka Institute• A unit of the CSIR:   - Impact through research, development (R&D) and       Innovation in the info...
Why focus on innovation?OECD (2004) describes innovation & creativity as essentialfor sustainable growth & economic develo...
SAFIPA Project - Our approach• Project driven by R&D Outcomes Team supported by  South African and Finnish Experts• IP Man...
“The perception of the creative process is still based on images of inspired geniuses havingEureka moments rather than the...
Inspired geniuses            © CSIR 2011   www.csir.co.za
Managing diligence of ordinary people            © CSIR 2011   www.csir.co.za
The Stanford way    “The way we work is our most important innovation.”                © CSIR 2011   www.csir.co.za
R, D & I Approach        Enabling a healthy and sustainable “pipeline” across the        entire innovation value chain    ...
Intellectual Asset Management    An asset is something that needs to be used in order    to be an “asset”    Intellectua...
Why focus on intellectual assets andimpact    We need to translate our knowledge, experience and    insight into solution...
Better positioning for innovation• Alignment of TTO, business development and strategic research  management• Research ini...
The Internet is based on a layered, end-to- end model that allows people at each level   of the network to innovate free o...
Activities• Baseline/landscape review at Meraka    - Position paper    - Formulate workplan for Finnish Expert• Internal W...
Output achievements•   Position paper on how to translate R&D outputs into    socio-economic impact     - Holistic approac...
Technology Transfer Manual
Innovation Handbook• Address researchers on an individual level• Focus on innovation culture and motivation• Use of case s...
Innovation by definition will not be accepted at first. It takes repeated attempts, endless   demonstrations, monotonous r...
Acknowledgements- SAFIPA and CSIR- Meraka SRM (Outcomes) team- Communications              - Biffy van Rooyen- Technical e...
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A unit of the CSIR:
- Impact through research, development (R&D) and
Innovation in the information and communication
technology (ICT) and the application thereof
• Established in April 2005 – now the largest
concentration of ICT Researchers in South Africa
- 247 staff and students in two main locations in
Pretoria and Cape Town
- Active international R&D collaboration with partners
in Africa, Europe and Asia
• CSIR Meraka Institute produces:
- Local experts in ICT
- Local ICT technology
- Local innovations

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Translating intellectual assets into impact – Building innovation capacity with support from SAFIPA - Nicki Koorbanally

  1. 1. Nicki KoorbanallyR&D Outcomes ManagerMeraka Institute19 October 2011Translating intellectual assets into impact –Building innovation capacity with supportfrom SAFIPA
  2. 2. © CSIR 2011 www.csir.co.za
  3. 3. Emerging from the crisis in Africa “What would it take for Africa to create the jobs needed to absorb the growing youth population, grow incomes and increase prosperity for all? One of the main answers to this question is INNOVATION. For Africa to claim its place in emerging economies, it must adopt and invent new ideas and technologies to create value.” Innovation for Growth in Africa – Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director, World Bank, April 2011 © CSIR 2011 www.csir.co.za
  4. 4. CSIR Meraka InstituteVISIONThe vision is that Meraka will be recognised for the contribution that itsResearch, Development and Innovation (R,D&I) in information andcommunication technology and cyber-infrastructure has made in acceleratingSouth Africas development towards an Information Society, whereeveryone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge totheir individual and collective benefit. © CSIR 2011 www.csir.co.za
  5. 5. CSIR Meraka Institute• A unit of the CSIR: - Impact through research, development (R&D) and Innovation in the information and communication technology (ICT) and the application thereof• Established in April 2005 – now the largest concentration of ICT Researchers in South Africa - 247 staff and students in two main locations in Pretoria and Cape Town - Active international R&D collaboration with partners in Africa, Europe and Asia• CSIR Meraka Institute produces: - Local experts in ICT - Local ICT technology - Local innovations © CSIR 2011 www.csir.co.za
  6. 6. Why focus on innovation?OECD (2004) describes innovation & creativity as essentialfor sustainable growth & economic development. Severalcore conditions must exist:• Strong standards, sound policies, open trade• Effective enforcement of IP protection• Investment in strong, sustainable fundamental R&D infrastructure• Mechanisms to promote the science-innovation interface, &• Education at all levelsFurther emphasis on IP protection as a central public policypillar on which knowledge-based industries and globalmarkets of the 21st Century rest, providing an increasinglycritical legal and policy toolkit for spurring innovation, forstimulating the investments needed to develop and marketnew innovations, and for diffusing technology and otherknowledge in socially beneficial ways. © CSIR 2011 www.csir.co.za
  7. 7. SAFIPA Project - Our approach• Project driven by R&D Outcomes Team supported by South African and Finnish Experts• IP Management and Technology Transfer - Integral part of the R&D process - It is about responsible R&D management - It is a shared responsibility• Change behaviour - Training and awareness - Providing resources - Simplicity of engagement• Innovate or stagnate - Keep up or get left behind – the world is constantly moving - Innovation is fun - Demystifying innovation - “The perception of the creative process is still based on images of inspired geniuses having Eureka moments rather than the well-managed diligence of ordinary people!” © CSIR 2011 www.csir.co.za
  8. 8. “The perception of the creative process is still based on images of inspired geniuses havingEureka moments rather than the well-managed diligence of ordinary people.We think of INNOVATION not as the mysteriousgift of the talented few, but as the everyday task of connecting things that dont normally go together. That means taking risks, pushing the envelope and challenging the status quo”. Moment, Momentum Publication © CSIR 2011 www.csir.co.za
  9. 9. Inspired geniuses © CSIR 2011 www.csir.co.za
  10. 10. Managing diligence of ordinary people © CSIR 2011 www.csir.co.za
  11. 11. The Stanford way “The way we work is our most important innovation.” © CSIR 2011 www.csir.co.za
  12. 12. R, D & I Approach Enabling a healthy and sustainable “pipeline” across the entire innovation value chain Idea Generation Conversion Diffusion In-house Cross External Selection Development Spread Cutting Renewal/ Human Capital Intellectual Research Technology Transfer & Emerging Development Assets Advancement Commercialisation ResearchAdaptation of TATA Innometer model
  13. 13. Intellectual Asset Management An asset is something that needs to be used in order to be an “asset” Intellectual Asset Management is the process of consistently turning knowledge into value… 1 2 Create Secure 4 3 Exploit Protect
  14. 14. Why focus on intellectual assets andimpact We need to translate our knowledge, experience and insight into solutions that impact on society In other words, our core capability must transform from developing new knowledge, to consistently translating new knowledge into impact Increase customer and stakeholder confidence through value creation, ability to demonstrate impact, and optimal return on investment Improve financial sustainability through diverse income streams Position as a credible, reputable organisation and to attract, retain and develop talent © CSIR 2011 www.csir.co.za
  15. 15. Better positioning for innovation• Alignment of TTO, business development and strategic research management• Research initiated with a clear purpose of the end-goals and beneficiaries• Techniques to promote idea generation and renewed pipeline, eg. Foresighting• Continuous awareness about innovation and intellectual asset management – communication!• Increasing awareness of exploitation models: open source software licensing, cross licensing, patenting • Generating income from open source software• Introduction of market driven initiatives such as working in Living Lab environments• Rewards & recognition to align with the innovation strategy • CSIR excellence awards • Reward & recognition scheme
  16. 16. The Internet is based on a layered, end-to- end model that allows people at each level of the network to innovate free of any central control. By placing intelligence at the edges ratherthan control in the middle of the network, the Internet has created a platform for innovation. Vinton Cerf - Internet - Innovation
  17. 17. Activities• Baseline/landscape review at Meraka - Position paper - Formulate workplan for Finnish Expert• Internal Workshops and Training - Intellectual Asset Management - Open Source - IPR Act and its implications - Management buy-in/support - Project Management• External activities - Knowledge exchange trip to Finland in Nov 2009 - British Council African Knowledge Transfer Partnership - Licensing Executives Society Conference in April 2010 - Innovation Summit Aug 2010 - Presented Lessons Learned at RDI Conference in Oct 2010 © CSIR 2011 www.csir.co.za
  18. 18. Output achievements• Position paper on how to translate R&D outputs into socio-economic impact - Holistic approach to managing intellectual assets, from idea to impact - Alignment of Outcomes, Business Development and Strategic Research Management - Research initiation with clear end goals and beneficiaries• Technology Transfer Manual Inventor Mini invention disclosure IP rights to inventor IP rights to inventor• Toolkit Negotiation of Licensing, - Templates and guidelines Contract partner IP rights IP rights to partner also 3rd party - Technology readiness tool partner• IP Models to comply with IPR Act Meraka / CSIR IP owner by contract terms CSIR invention disclosure Invention evaluation IP decisions Protection activities• Innovation Handbook Meraka/CSIR - Success stories NIPMO reporting IP rights - Case studies - Stimulating creativity and idea generation - Informally communicating policies - Awareness creation
  19. 19. Technology Transfer Manual
  20. 20. Innovation Handbook• Address researchers on an individual level• Focus on innovation culture and motivation• Use of case studies and role models - Cannot exploit without external partners - Identify potential partners early on / involve regularly - Understand IP is the currency for managing relationships - cannot leave key IP decisions until the end - different players demand/require different approaches - Role of Outcomes stage gate is to early on identify potential applications, partners and commercial opportunities• Filled with stories, puzzles, brain teasers, and valuable information and facts• Available to all © CSIR 2011 www.csir.co.za
  21. 21. Innovation by definition will not be accepted at first. It takes repeated attempts, endless demonstrations, monotonous rehearsals before innovation can be accepted and internalized by an organization. This requires courageous patience. Warren Bennis
  22. 22. Acknowledgements- SAFIPA and CSIR- Meraka SRM (Outcomes) team- Communications - Biffy van Rooyen- Technical experts - Dr Kari Leppala and Stephan LamprechtContact details: Nicki KoorbanallyTelephone +27 12 841 4532Email nkoorbanally@csir.co.zaWeb www.csir.co.za

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