At least four important patents have been jointly filed by the QEOS-UIUC team to protect these discoveries, said Dr Walter. Since 2003, a cluster of more than 18 patents were filed by UIUC and QEOS-UIUC.
It was almost a year before the founders accepted the challenge to commercialise the technology from within Malaysia, he said. Personally, I had to make sure that the government would be as committed as I would be to the programme. We have been very fortunate to work with dedicated people from MOSTI, and other government agencies.
At least 30 per cent of the components used to manufacture the products resulting from this new achievement will be from Malaysia-based companies as we want to help generate business activities to local suppliers, said Dr Walter.
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