Comments on the Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions Bill, 2015

This blogger has learnt that the Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions Bill, 2015 has undergone Second Reading at the National Assembly as it nears enactment as a law in Kenya. Other than the detailed commentary sent out last month by Prof. John Harrington and Dr. Lotte Hughes on the Bill, there has … Continue reading Comments on the Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions Bill, 2015

Draft Bill Ready For Comments: The Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions Bill 2013

This month was the unveiling of the Protection of Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCEs) Bill, 2013. The draft Bill is available for download here. This Bill was adopted by the participants at the National Validation Stakeholders Seminar and the Inter-Ministerial Committee responsible for drafting this Bill are now inviting comments and contributions … Continue reading Draft Bill Ready For Comments: The Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions Bill 2013

EVENT: Unveiling of Proposed Law on Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions in Kenya

On Wednesday 8th May 2013, the Honourable Attorney General Prof. Githu Muigai will officiate the National Stakeholders’ Validation Seminar on the proposed legal framework on Protection of Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Traditional Culture Expressions (TCEs) at the Red Court Hotel, South C, Nairobi from 9:00am to 12:00noon. The legal framework aims to protect holders of … Continue reading EVENT: Unveiling of Proposed Law on Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions in Kenya

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

Kenya’s Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions Act No. 33 of 2016 Comes into Force

On 31 August 2016, President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured above) assented to the Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions Bill, No.48 of 2015. The Bill was published in Kenya Gazette Supplement No. 154 on 7 September 2016 cited as the Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions Act, No. 33 of 2016. The date of commencement of the … Continue reading Kenya’s Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions Act No. 33 of 2016 Comes into Force

WIPO Plan for the Next Six Years: Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Rights of Broadcasting Organisations

Earlier this month, Dr. Francis Gurry gave his acceptance speech following his successful re-election as World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General. In this speech, Gurry outlined clearly the focus of his second term. His speech stated in part: I believe that the successful conclusion of the Beijing and Marrakesh Treaties shows us that it … Continue reading WIPO Plan for the Next Six Years: Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Rights of Broadcasting Organisations

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

South Africa’s TK Bill Debate: Sui Generis versus Intellectual Property Protection of Traditional Knowledge?

Afro-IP is running a poll here to gather views on South Africa’s Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill (the “TK Bill”) which is up for debate before parliament and on the verge of becoming law in South Africa. As the visibly unhappy Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property at Stellenbosch University explains, the Bill was drafted … Continue reading South Africa’s TK Bill Debate: Sui Generis versus Intellectual Property Protection of Traditional Knowledge?

Four Africans Named among 2015 Managing IP Top 50 Most Influential People in Intellectual Property

As many will recall last year this blogger was the only African named among 2014 Managing IP Top 50 Most Influential People in Intellectual Property. This year, Managing IP (MIP) has recently published the 13th edition of the annual List of the 50 Most Influential People in IP (MIP50). According to MIP: “This year’s list… … Continue reading Four Africans Named among 2015 Managing IP Top 50 Most Influential People in Intellectual Property