Consultancy & Commercialisation Report

This report presents the consultancy and commercialisation statistics and activities for the year 2017.


The consultancy activities have made steady progress over the past years. In year 2017, 512 applications were approved with an estimated value of RM1,700,875.46 as shown in Figure 1. This involved 374 UTAR staff as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 1: Total Estimated Value of Approved Consultancy/Outside Work For the Period 2008-2017

Figure 2: Number of UTAR Staff Involved in Consultancy/Outside Work For the Period 2008-2017

From the total of RM1,700,875.46, 70.7% is under the category of Personal Consultancy while 29.3% is under the University Consultancy category as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3: Approved Value by Consultancy Type for Year 2017

Figure 4 shows the approved value by faculty. Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) has the largest share at 25.9% of the total approved amount in 2017. This is followed by Faculty of Accountancy and Management (FAM) at 18.2% and Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI) at 15.5%.

Figure 3: Approved Value by Consultancy Type for Year 2017

Figure 5 shows the percentage value of approved projects by categories for the year 2017. Training constituted 48% of all approved projects. This is followed by Consultancy at 25% and R&D at 23%.

Figure 5: Percentage Share of Approved Consultancy/Outside Work by Category for Year 2017

Commercialisation Activities

UTAR received a total of RM16,292.45 as a royalty payment for the invention “Buoyant Platform System”. In addition, UTAR signed a royalty payment agreement with RBN Biotech Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Royal Bird’s Nest Sdn Bhd for the commercialisation of the invention “Extraction Method for Bird’s Nest Extract Using Customised Apparatus”.


2017, UTAR submitted 3 patent applications. The details of the inventions are:
i. A Method for Preparing Tiles (PI 2017701105)
  • Dr. Noor Zainab Habib, ex-FEGT lecturer
  • Dr. Ng Choon Aun, Assistant Professor, FEGT
  • Dr. Salah Elias Zoorob, external collaborator
  • Dr. Zahiraniza Mustaffa, external collaborator
  • Dr. Chee Swee Yong, Assistant Professor, FSc
  • Humayun Nadeem, Postgraduate Student, FEGT
  • Suubitaa A/P Spencer Sam, Postgraduate Student, FEGT
  • Teoh Wei Ping, Postgraduate Student, FEGT

  • ii. Extraction Method for Bird’s Nest Extract Using Customised Apparatus (PI 2017000939)
  • Prof. Dr Lim Yang Mooi, Professor, FMHS
  • Mr Ho Yu Siong, Postgraduate Student, FMHS
  • Emeritus Prof. Dr Cheong Soon Keng, Senior Professor, FMHS
  • Dato Tan Chee Hong, CEO, Royal Bird’s Nest Sdn Bhd

  • iii. Method and System for Binding Key (PI 2017702830)
  • Prof Ir Dr Goi Bok Min
  • Mr Chai Tong Yuen, Lecturer, LKC FES
  • Mr Lai Yen Lung, Postgraduate Student, LKC FES
  • Dr Zin Zhe, ex-LKC FES lecturer
  • Prospect for the Year 2018

    DCC will continue to work with business and industry associations such as Federation of Manufacturers Malaysia (FMM) and Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Kuala Lumpur & Selangor (KLSCCCI) to enhance UTAR’s collaboration with the SME/SMI.
    Figure 6 shows the number of patents filed for the period of 2008 to 2017. The status for the 21 inventions is shown in Table 1.

    Figure 6: Number of Patents Filed and Granted for the Period 2008-2017 at MyIPO.

    Status Number
    Pending 13
    Abandoned 4
    Granted 4
    Besides Malaysia, UTAR filed for foreign patent application. The status is shown in Table 2.

    Filed Pending Abandoned
    China 3 2 1
    Hong Kong 1 0 1
    Indonesia 2 2 0
    Taiwan 1 0 1
    USA 3 1 2