The Year 2012 Review: Intellectual Property in Kenya

As we prepare to usher in a new year, a quick look back at 2012 is quite in order. Without further ado, here are the most read IPKenya stories during 2012:




“Are we all lazy? The debate over innovation in Africa”

“The Fight Against Piracy: Open Source Software versus Microsoft”




Makerere Lecturer Sues Bank of Uganda for 1 Billion Shillings in Copyright Infringement Suit

The ‘Africa IP Forum’: Doomed to Fail?


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Agility Logistics Case: Registration of Business Name vs Registration of Trademark

MCSK Boss Finally Speaks Out





Kenya’s New Copyright Tribunal Appointed

Landmark ruling on constitutionality of the Anti-Counterfeit Act

Moline vs. Mololine Trademark Battle

PS: Presiding Judge in the Moline case was determined unfit to continue in office by the Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Board in December 2012.

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Trademark case: Strategic Industries Limited v Strategic Industries Limited

INTA 2012 Overview

Intellectual Property and Sports in Kenya: Copyright Protection of Image Rights?






Copyright Infringement Case of the Year: Njeri Wangari aka KenyanPoet vs. Oxford University Press

The Challenge for Creative Commons in Kenya

Parliament Set to Pass Important Amendments to the Kenya Copyright Act

Kenya Welcomes Conclusion of WIPO Beijing Treaty for Audiovisual Performers




“Sue, Baby, Sue!”: Miguna’s Peeling Back the Mask and the Digital Copyright Infringement Debate

Non-Existent Intellectual Property Financing: Blame it on the Banks or on the Innovators?

A Challenge for Law Schools in Kenya to Take IP Seriously






The Launch of Strathmore University’s Center for IP and IT Law (CIPIT)

Uganda: Is it copyright infringement to use a politician’s speeches as ringtones?

Tobacco Plain Packaging Law: Intellectual Property Rights versus Human Rights in Kenya

The Newly-Appointed 2012-2015 Kenya Copyright Board of Directors




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‘One Society, One Right’? 50 Years of Collective Administration of Music Copyright in Africa: Changes at SAMRO and MCSK

Why Intellectual Property Law in Kenya Should Recognise Colour Trademarks




A Tale of Two Conflicting Collective Management Organisations in Nigeria

A Look at Kenya’s Draft Bill on Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Expressions of Folklore





Kenyan DJs Must Be Licensed for Commercial Use of Copyright and Related Rights in Music

The Tax Collection Technovation Tussle: A Test Case for Industrial Property in Kenya




The Ghost of M-Pesa: Faulu Kenya Cries Intellectual Property Theft over Safaricom’s M-Shwari

A Comparative Perspective: Why Business Method Patents Cannot Be Too Quickly Dismissed


As 2012 comes to an end, IPKenya would like to thank all our readers, commenters and supporters. The blog had 28,000 views, there were 85 new posts this year and 22 blog subscriptions.

We look forward to 2013!


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