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The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism (MDTCC) with the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) has organised the National Intellectual Property Award 2017.  The event was held on 18 July 2017 at Pullman Bangsar and it was officiated by YBhg. Dato’ Sri Jamil bin Salleh, Secretary General of MDTCC. UM received the Silver Award for Organisation under the Best Intellectual Property Management category. The award carried a cash prize of RM20,000.000 and a trophy. Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dr. Awg Bulgiba Awg Mahmud and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Dr. Noorsaadah Abd. Rahman accepted the award on behalf of UM.
A total of 518 entries have been received this year, making it the highest participation since the first award was introduced in 2006. Entries are from public and private sectors, universities, high schools and individuals.  Participation was opened in February 2017, while the judging session began on April 18 2017 until May 25 2017.  Winners received cash, trophies and certificates recognized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This award was introduced as recognition to inventors for the contribution of intellectual property in the development of the nation's socio-economic.

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