10 March 2013

Abu Dhabi TDC Takamul Program Goes National

Abu Dhabi, March 10th 2013: His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, extended his patronage of research and innovation in the UAE by inaugurating the expansion of the Takamul innovation support program across the nation. The expansion of the highly successful program, was announced today at the "UAE Innovations" conferencehosted by the Abu Dhabi TechnologyDevelopment Committee (TDC), as part of its efforts to build a knowledge-based economy in the Emirates.

The program, which assists inventors, either as individuals and institutions from across the country, was created to facilitate the integration of each stage of the innovation cycle, from the generation of ideas to the practical and commercial application of these ideas into products, solutions and services. Takamul currently supports innovations in the Health & Medical, ICT, Clean-tech, Semiconductor, Oil & Gas Services, Energy, Advance materials infrastructure and lifestyle industries. 

H.E. Mohammad Ahmad Al Bowardi, Chairman of the Executive Committee Member of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee, said: "Innovative ideas are the engine for economic and social development. Nations with a strong and dedicated focus on science, technology and innovation are able to transform their economies, accelerate their growth and secure higher standards of living for their citizens. The Takamul program is a prime example of the type of initiative which will help our nation develop into a knowledge-based economy by creating, launching and sustaining various programs that encourage innovation, support inventors and protect locally-created intellectual property."

H.E. Ahmed Saeed Al Calily, Director General of TDC said: "We are proud to announce the expansion of Takamul activities to support innovation across all Emirates. The program has been delivering solid, measureable results since it began, so extending our support nation-wide will help stimulate even more exciting ideas and opportunities for creative talent in the UAE. In the two years since the program began, we have seen a steady increase in the number of patents supported with 33 international patents filed till date just from Abu Dhabi and more than 20 already in process for 2013. Our goal now is to reach out across the Emirates to achieve significant growth in the UAE's IP output which will contribute to Our Nation's long-term economic prosperity." 

In addition to being made available across the UAE, H.E. Al Calily announced that: "The program will also now be moving into commercialization support, with the focus not only on patent filing, but also on helping inventors and institutions in the UAE to extract the most value from their innovations." Besides filings with the United States Patent Office (USPTO), Takamul will also be supporting the registration of innovations with the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) - an international agreement which includes 146 countries.

Following the announcement, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan inaugurated and toured the Innovations' Exhibit that showcased 20 international patents filed through the program in 2012 and then met the inventors and their research teams.