The Rise in Intellectual Property Disputes in Kenya: Some Thoughts

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Recently, this blogger weighed in on the topic of the rise in intellectual property (IP) disputes in Kenya. This theme was also picked up by the Business Daily in their regular column here. For IP enthusiasts, these are exciting times in Kenya as new IP disputes are constantly reported. Here are some of this blogger’s thoughts on the subject in no particular order.

1. Public Awareness/Ignorance

Presently information can be disseminated faster, cheaper and more widely than ever before. From an IP perspective, this situation has resulted in an encouraging increase in public awareness about IP rights. The public is keen to fully understand the nature and scope of IP rights so as to effectively take steps to cash in on their creations, innovations and inventions. Public institutions, civil society organisations supported by main-stream media, private entities and individuals are all actively engaged in sharing as much information as possible on IP rights.

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