PIIPA Pro-Bono Request for Assistance: Trademark Infringement of Solar Lighting Product in Kenya


Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA) describes itself as a global nonprofit resource for public interest organizations in developing countries seeking expertise in intellectual property matters to promote health, agriculture, biodiversity, science, culture, and the environment. It’s partner organisations include WIPO, UNECA, WHO, World Bank, among others.

Now, PIIPA is requesting any and all pro-bono assistance from Kenyan IP practitioners to combat trademark infringement of a solar lantern currently being sold in Kenya. The company behind the original solar lantern is a social enterprise whose mission is to manufacture and distribute solar light and power products throughout the developing world. The company is a member of the Lighting Africa program sponsored by the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank.

After the company discovered there is a solar lantern being sold in Kenya that is infringing on its trademark, it is now appealing for IP assistance.

If you are able to provide pro bono assistance to the following request please contact PIIPA’s Pro Bono Coordinator Emilie van den Berkhof at emilieberkhof@piipa.org. “RE: Case 168-Trademark infringement in Kenya Off-grid lighting product”. Don’t forget to complete the volunteer form on the PIIPA website here.