QOTD: Do You Own the Rights to Artistic Works Purchased at the Maasai Market?

The “Maasai market” (not represented here) is an open-air market where shoppers can find curios, paintings, drawings, clothes and fabrics with Kenyan prints, jewellery and wood-carvings, hand-made by local artisans. The venue for the Maasai Market rotates between different shopping centres and other locations within Nairobi. For tourists and locals alike, the prices at Maasai … Continue reading QOTD: Do You Own the Rights to Artistic Works Purchased at the Maasai Market?

Benefit Sharing Deal for San & Khoi Communities Should Inspire the Maasai

The Atlantic published an article titled: “The Maasai People Take Back Their Brand” in which it highlights the efforts of UK-based non-profit Light Years IP in helping the Maasai “trademark its customs and name and claim a share of profits” made from the use of its name by European companies such as Land Rover and … Continue reading Benefit Sharing Deal for San & Khoi Communities Should Inspire the Maasai

The Maasai Intellectual Property Initiative: Why Should Others Do Pro-Bono IP Work For Kenya?

In a recent media report titled: “Maasai elders swap Kenya for Holborn Viaduct”, the global law firm Hogan Lovells has reportedly invited Maasai elders to the United Kingdom (UK) as part of its intellectual property (IP) pro bono work. As the report explains: The firm has been doing intellectual property (IP) pro bono work, led … Continue reading The Maasai Intellectual Property Initiative: Why Should Others Do Pro-Bono IP Work For Kenya?

Protection of Image Rights in Kenya: New Court Cases Against Microsoft, Safaricom and German Embassy

‘Image rights’ generally refer to an individual’s proprietary right in their personality and the right to prevent unauthorised use of their name or image or a style associated with them. In a previous blogpost here, we have discussed the commercial appropriation or exploitation of a person’s identity and associated images as a commercially valuable asset, … Continue reading Protection of Image Rights in Kenya: New Court Cases Against Microsoft, Safaricom and German Embassy

IP Kenya Monthly Review (July 2014)

This past month, we discussed several interesting developments and aspects of intellectual property (IP) in Kenya including: the Industrial Court decision in Gwer & 5 Others v. Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) & 2 others; the timeframe for the establishment of the Intellectual Property Office of Kenya, the revised Draft National Music Policy and the … Continue reading IP Kenya Monthly Review (July 2014)

Kenyan Cattle Herdsboy Seeks Petty Patent Protection for “Lion Lights” Invention

For those who may not know, IPKenya’s friend Dr Isaac Rutenberg is the voice behind a series of blog articles over at the Afro-IP blog dubbed “Diary of A Patent Lawyer in Kenya”. In his latest entry, he explains that he was “helping a 14-year old Kenyan attempt to secure IP rights after he had … Continue reading Kenyan Cattle Herdsboy Seeks Petty Patent Protection for “Lion Lights” Invention

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

As many may already know, this blogger has been particularly keen on the developments around Traditional Knowledge (TK), Genetic Resources (GRs) and Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCEs) both in Kenya and the region as is evident from his posts on the ‘IPKenya’ blog available here. This week, this blogger came across the working draft legislation on … Continue reading A Look at Kenya’s Draft Bill on Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Expressions of Folklore

Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions in Kenya

The kiondo, the Kikoy, now the Maasai Shuka have been ‘stolen’ from Kenya! This is something we read about every other day in the press, over the social networks and commonly discussed. We hear about traditional medicines and therapies, traditional cultural expressions are used in music, artwork and designs. These are all elements of what … Continue reading Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions in Kenya

The intellectual property tale of how Kenya almost lost the Kikoi fabric

Recently, the Standard did a feature titled “How Global Coalition saved Local Fabric” in which it called for pro-active measures and long-term strategies to avert the loss of Kenya’s intellectual property assets to foreign entities. “The country has seen one of its most indigenous products, Kiondo, snapped by international companies and nobody knows which one … Continue reading The intellectual property tale of how Kenya almost lost the Kikoi fabric