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Intellectual Property and Tax Law: Bata Shoe Company Kenya v. Kenya Revenue Authority

Recently, the High Court delivered an interesting judgment regarding the chargeability of intellectual property (IP) royalties and license fees for purposes of customs duty valuation. In the case of Republic v Kenya Revenue Authority Exparte Bata Shoe Company (Kenya) Limited [2014] eKLR the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) issued a partial demand notice to Bata Kenya … Continue reading

Copyright / Intellectual Property in Kenya / IP News

Digital Migration Case: Flawed Reasoning by Court of Appeal on Intellectual Property Issues

There’s an interesting saying about intellectual property (IP) adjudication in Kenya which states that: “most of the time, the outcome may be right but the reasoning is often wrong.” The recent decision by a three-judge bench of the Court of Appeal in the case of Royal Media Services Limited & 2 others v Attorney General … Continue reading

Copyright / Intellectual Property in Kenya / IP News / Kenya Copyright Board KeCoBo

Television Wars and Intellectual Property Protection: CFC Stanbic Magnate Show and Samantha’s Bridal Show

Kenya has had two High Court rulings in two separate cases in the space of two weeks, both dealing with copyright infringement in television shows. In this blogpost, these rulings will be analysed bearing in mind that both these cases are still on-going. In the case of Oracle Productions Limited v Decapture Limited & 3 … Continue reading

Intellectual Property in Kenya / IP News / Kenya Industrial Property Institute KIPI / Trade marks

Judicial Review and Intellectual Property Administration: Sony Holdings Ltd v. Sony Corporation

The case of the Republic Ex-Parte Sony Holdings Limited v Registrar of Trade Marks & another [2014] eKLR (the “Sony case”) becomes one of a handful of intellectual property (IP) related cases to find its way to the Court of Appeal. It is an important case as it invites the judicial arm of government to … Continue reading

Intellectual Property in Kenya / IP News / IP Policy

The Jubilee Government – One Year Later: Waiting for the Intellectual Property Organisation of Kenya

As many readers may know, the Jubilee government of President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and his Cabinet mark the end of their first year in office this month. To this end, Gado’s comic in today’s Daily Nation newspaper depicts Kenyatta and Ruto being accused of copyright infringement by the immediate former president Kibaki. … Continue reading

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

High Court Orders Government to Facilitate Copyright Tribunal in PERAK Case against KAMP and PRiSK

In a judgment delivered recently, the High Court in the case of Republic v Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP) & 3 others Ex- Parte Pubs, Entertainment and Restaurants Association of Kenya (PERAK) [2014] eKLR has ordered the State to set up the Competent Authority established under the Copyright Act to hear and determine the … Continue reading

Intellectual Property in Kenya / IP News / World Intellectual Property Organisation WIPO

Strathmore to Host World Intellectual Property Day 2014 Events in Kenya

Strathmore University’s Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) has been at the centre of Kenya’s preparations for this year’s World Intellectual Property (WIP) Day celebrations on 26th April 2014. This blogger has previously discussed here the significance of this year’s WIP Day for Kenya. The planned celebrations will run from 8.30 a.m … Continue reading