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African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) / Collective Rights Management / Copyright / International Intellectual Property

Sculpture of Ulrich Uchtenhagen Unveiled at ARIPO

Between 5th and 7th of November 2014, the Africa Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) in conjunction with the Norwegian Development Cooperation Association (NORCODE) have organised a workshop at ARIPO’s Headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe. The theme of the workshop is “Advancing Collective Management in Africa”, organised in cooperation with International Confederation of Societies of Authors and … Continue reading

Genetic Resources / Intellectual Property in Kenya / IP News

A Tale of Two Danish Bio-Tech Firms, Protection of Genetic Resources and 2.3 Million Shillings in Royalties for Lake Bogoria Enzyme

The Baringo County has confirmed recent media reports that residents living around Lake Bogoria in Baringo County have received the sum of KES 2.3 Million in royalties from an unnamed Dutch bio-enzyme company. According to Baringo County news, this royalties deal comes after “successful negotiation between the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Novo-Enzyme – a … Continue reading

Intellectual Property in Kenya / IP News

The 2014 Kenya Heroes Act and Recognition of Intellectual Property Contributions

“Our children may learn about the heroes of the past. Our task is to make ourselves the architects of the future,” – Jomo Kenyatta, following the declaration of a state of emergency by the British colonialists on October 20, 1952. Article 9 of the Constitution states that ‘Mashujaa Day’ (Heroes Day) is to be observed … Continue reading

Copyright / International Intellectual Property / IP News

Lessons from Nigeria’s Linda Ikeji on Plagiarism, Copyright and DMCA Abuse

The Linda Ikeji Blog (LIB) commands a great deal of readership and influence in Nigeria with an average of 100 comments per blogpost and over 425,000 followers on twitter. Earlier this month, it was reported that LIB was taken down from the Google-owned “Blogger” platform and later restored by Google. Linda Ikeji disclosed that LIB … Continue reading

Collective Rights Management / Copyright / Intellectual Property in Kenya / IP News / Kenya Copyright Board KeCoBo

4.7 Trillion Shillings Later and Copyright Law Still Lagging Behind

This month, Kenya made news when it joined Africa’s top 10 economies after rebasing of its gross domestic product (GDP). Kenya is now officially classified as a middle-income country after a statistical reassessment of its economy increased the size by 25.3 per cent. Kenya’s economic output was calculated to be 4.76 trillion shillings ($53.4 billion) … Continue reading

Competition / Copyright / Intellectual Property in Kenya / International Intellectual Property / IP News

Regulation of Online Video Content, Territoriality and Copyright

This month South Africa’s top comedian Trevor Noah announced that he will be joining the award-winning late-night satirical news show, “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” aired on US cable network, Comedy Central (CC). For those who would want to enjoy this Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television show on demand, there is always “Hulu”, a … Continue reading

Intellectual Property in Kenya

Applications Open for Google Policy Fellowship 2014 at Strathmore Law’s CIPIT

CIPIT has been selected (for the second year running) to host a Google Policy Fellow. The list of host institutions is quite a who’s-who of tech research institutes. In Sub-Saharan Africa, CIPIT is Kenya’s only host organisation with other hosts in South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana. This first Google Policy Fellow to be hosted at … Continue reading