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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

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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

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The Lupita Factor as Kenya Prepares to Celebrate World Intellectual Property Day 2014

The theme selected by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) for this year’s World Intellectual Property (WIP) Day celebrations, “Movies – a Global Passion”, could not be a better fit for Kenya. From an intellectual property (IP) perspective, there appears to be a renewed focus on the audio-visual industry (television and film) in Kenya, culminating … Continue reading

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Protection of Well Known Marks in Kenya

On this subject of well known marks, this blogger invites readers to listen to audio recordings of the presentations made by KIPI trade mark examiners during a workshop held in January 2014 available here. Readers may also wish to download Caroline Muchiri, Advocate’s powerpoint presentation made in February 2014 available here. Below are my reactions … Continue reading

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Intersections between Intellectual Property, Consumer Protection and Competition Law in Kenya

Editor’s note: This article is a reaction to the LSK CLE on Competition and Consumer Law on Feb 8, 2014 at the Hilton, Nairobi. Audio recordings of the various presentations made during the CLE have been uploaded here. From an intellectual property perspective, the enactments of the Competition Act, 2010 and the Consumer Protection Act, … Continue reading

Collective Rights Management / Copyright / Intellectual Property in Kenya / IP Enforcement / IP News / IP Policy / Kenya Association of Music Producers KAMP / Kenya Copyright Board KeCoBo / Music Copyright Society of Kenya MCSK / Performers' Rights Society of Kenya PRISK / Reproduction Rights Society of Kenya Kopiken

Copyright Board To Review Guidelines for Collective Management Organisations

This blogger has learned that KECOBO is in the process of the review its CMO Guidelines titled “Guidelines for Licensing Collective Management Organisations”. These CMO Guidelines are available on KECOBO’s website here. Therefore, this blogger hopes to provide an in-depth examination of the Guidelines while making comments on important areas and issues connected with the … Continue reading

Collective Rights Management / Copyright / Music Copyright Society of Kenya MCSK

Anton Piller Orders Issued Against Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and One FM for Intellectual Property Rights Breach

BREAKING: @PoliceKE in the company of @theMCSK raids @onefmke for copyright infringement in their broadcasting operations!— MCSK (@TheMCSK) January 31, 2014 IPKenya has been informed that the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) in the company of the Kenya Police conducted raids on two broadcasting stations, namely the popular urban radio station, One FM and … Continue reading

Intellectual Property in Kenya / International Intellectual Property / IP Registration / Kenya Industrial Property Institute KIPI / Trade marks / World Intellectual Property Organisation WIPO

The Madrid Trade Marks Registration System From A Kenyan Perspective

Editor’s note: For more on the Quail farming craze in Kenya, see here. As many are aware, the system of international registration of trademarks facilitates the obtaining of protection for marks (trademarks and service marks) and since an international registration is equivalent to a bundle of national registrations, the subsequent management of that protection is … Continue reading

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IP Kenya Blog ‘Favourably Received’ by Oxford University Press Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice

JIPLP runs not just book reviews but reviews of blogs too. Both @IPKenya and @HowardKnopf 's Excess Copyright have been favourably received—   (@JIPLP) October 02, 2013 Exactly a month ago, the renowned blogger, IPKat a.k.a Prof Jeremy Phillips invited the online intellectual property (IP) fraternity to review a number of IP blogs and Twitter … Continue reading

Intellectual Property in Kenya / International Intellectual Property

A Kenyan Perspective of South Africa’s Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property

As many IP enthusiasts may have heard, South Africa has recently published a Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property (IP) (hereafter the Policy). Within the Kenyan context, this blogger has previously questioned the need for a national IP policy particularly in light of the recognition given to IP in the Constitution. However, for the purposes … Continue reading