New Draft Kenya Trade Marks Bill and Trade Mark Rules Published for Public Comment

kenya industrial property institute kipi website notice on drafting instructions for the trade marks act and trade mark rules

In March 2015, Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) announced that it had prepared Drafting Instructions to overhaul the Trade Marks Act. These Drafting Instructions, which were published for public comment on KIPI’s website, were to be forwarded to the Attorney General’s Office for the necessary action.

This month, KIPI has published the revised Drafting Instructions repealing the Trade Marks Act along  with Drafting Instructions to repeal the Trade Mark Rules. According to KIPI, both these drafts will be forwarded to the Attorney General’s Office for drafting. In the meantime, KIPI requests for any public comments on the drafts to be sent to KIPI via email at info@kipi.go.ke on or before 30th April 2016.

Copies of the revised drafting instructions to amend the Trade Marks Act and Trade Mark Rules are here and here respectively.

CopyrightX in Kenya: Learning Experiences and Hard Questions

CopyrightX Music lecture week

As many readers may know, CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked course, offered from January to May each year under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.  The course explores the current law of copyright mainly in the US but also elsewhere in the world; the impact of that law on art, entertainment, and industry; and the ongoing debates concerning how the law should be reformed. Through a combination of recorded lectures presented by Prof. Fisher, assigned readings, weekly seminars led by yours truly here in Kenya, participants taking the course in Nairobi examine and assess the ways in which the copyright system seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression.

Recently, CopyrightX participants in Kenya sat a continuous assessment test (CAT) covering Lectures 1 – 8 of the HLS 2016 Syllabus available here. Part of the CAT was a list of 50 statements which the participants had to determine whether they were true or false. A copy of this part of the CAT is available here. This blogpost is a summary of some observations from the performance of the participants in this part of the CAT.

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