Hon Elioda Commissioning the Johnnie MPF2
Innovators have been urged to espouse patenting their works, to ease accessibility to funding while leapfrogging the nation to the much sought middle-income status.
This call was drummed up by the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye while launching a multi-purpose generator in Kampala.
“I cannot over-emphasise the important role intellectual property rights such as patents, utility models and industrial designs play in promoting innovation.” Dr. Tumwsigye said
The generator christened Johnie-MPF is a unique innovation powered through interval pedalling to generate and store electricity of 300-5000watts, pump water up to 34 metres and also as a health exercise unit. The equipment is eco-friendly since it is only dependent on pedalling.
With support from Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST), the unit received a utility model protection. The utility model is an intellectual property right similar to a patent only less stringent and lasting shorter periods of between 6-15 years.
Eng. John F. Kibuuka of Environment Energy Uganda Limited is the brains behind the innovation.
UNCST executive secretary Dr. Peter Ndemere expressed pride in working with Eng. Kibuuka toward protecting the generator. Often a time innovators lack access to investment capital and are not business savvy, therefore the private sector needs to partner with such innovators, to expand on the product range, create employment and grow the economy.
Dr. Ndemere further cautioned against inappropriate innovations, asking innovators “…to develop technologies that are appropriate, commercially, viable and sustainable.”