Who Are We?
The National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO) was established in terms of Section 8 of the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development Act 51 of 2008. NIPMO is established as a Specialised Service Delivery Unit (SSDU) with effect from 13 December 2013. The Head of NIPMO has powers conferred by legislation. NIPMO relies on the Department of Science and Innovation for all support services.
The long title of the IPR Act states “To provide for more effective utilisation of intellectual property emanating from publicly financed research and development; to establish the National Intellectual Property Management Office and the Intellectual Property Fund; to provide for the establishment of offices of technology transfer at institutions; and to provide for matters connected therewith.” The IPR Act was promulgated on 22 December 2008 and commenced on 2 August 2010 following the publication of a proclamation for its’ commencement in the Government Gazette.
What is our Mandate?
NIPMO is mandated to ensure that “intellectual property from publicly financed research and development is identified, protected, utilised and commercialised for the benefit of the people of the Republic, whether it be for social, economic, military or any other benefit.”
Our Mother Department
NIPMO is a specialised service delivery unit within the National government Department of Science and Innovation. NIPMO relies on its Mother department for all corporate service functions.