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The University Research Office is based at the Govan Mbeki building on Westville campus

The University of KwaZulu-Natal currently has more than 250 post-doctoral fellows

Funds requests must be directed through the Colleges at the office of the College Dean of Research

You can upload your own publications on IRMA and ResearchSpace

ResearchSpace is the institutional repository of UKZN. It is a collection of full text theses and also includes research publications produced by UKZN academics.
Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer (IPTT)

The Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO) coordinates the process of identifying, evaluating, protecting and marketing selected inventions and other IP creations of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property (IP) refers to creations of the mind such as inventions, designs, trade marks and copyright-protected works (writings, plays, films, artistic works, etc.).

The term refers also to know-how, trade secrets, plant breeders’ rights, folklore and the traditional knowledge of indigenous communities.

The different types of IP come about through the mental efforts,   insight, imagination, expertise and creativity of humans.

Technology Transfer
Technology Transfer refers to the process of commercializing University intellectual property and research products for economic and social benefit.

The IPTTO assists UKZN staff and students to protect their inventions and other IP creations by filing patent applications or other IP registrations as appropriate. It also assists UKZN inventors, by developing strategies to market and license the technologies to relevant industries.

NOTE: The establishment of the IPTTO of the University of KwaZulu-Natal was funded by the DST's Innovation Fund as part of the South African Government's initiative to promote and support innovative development programmes.

 Useful Links
  1. UKZN To Protect Intellectual Property
  2. UKZN Intellectual Property Agreement
  3. IPR Act, No. 51 of 2008
    UKZN IP Policy
  4. UKZN IP Disclosure Form
  5. UKZN Materials Transfer Agreement
  6. DST Innovation Fund
  7. Companies & Intellectual Property Registration Office
  8. World Intellectual Property Organization (Patent Search)
  9. European Patent Office (Patent Search)
  10. United States Patent & Trademark Office                    
Contact us
Anne Gabathuse
Acting Director: IPC
+27 31 260 1838
E: gabat
Tumi Ngqondo
Project Manager (Consultancy)
+27 31 260 3330

Makhosi Cebekhulu
Assistant Administrative Officer
+27 31 260 4570

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