Strathmore’s CIPIT to Launch IP Course on Patent Drafting and Prosecution

CIPIT IP Course Patent Drafting and Prosecution

The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) has informed us that it is about to launch a specialised course on Patent drafting and prosecution!

This exciting new course will be broken down into 3 modules taught through a rigorous combination of offline homework assignments and online tutorials spanning a period of three months. The modules will cover a broad range of topics including introduction to patenting, strategy for drafting as well as strategy for filing and advising clients in patent matters. The course will be certified by Strathmore University Law School on successful completion of all the course requirements.

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Sights and Sounds of World IP Day 2015: The East African Edition

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Recently, countries around the world celebrated World Intellectual Property (IP) Day 2015 under the theme: “Get Up. Stand Up. For Music”. This blogger is pleased to report that Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania each held their own exciting events to mark World IP Day 2015.

Here are some of the important highlights:-

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Some World Intellectual Property Day 2015 Posters from Africa

Map of World Intellectual Property Day 2015 Events

As the world prepares to mark World Intellectual Property (IP) Day this Sunday April 26th 2015, this blogger has come across several World IP Day posters from around the continent created to reflect this year’s theme: “Get Up. Stand Up. For Music”. According to the map of World Intellectual Property Day 2015 Events by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), there are only sixteen (16) confirmed World IP events being held in ten (10) countries across the continent. This blogger reckons that this represents a low turn-out by IP stakeholders across Africa’s fifty four (54) states given this year’s World IP Day theme and the importance of World IP Day activities and events for awareness creation and public sensitisation.

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Strathmore to Host World Intellectual Property Day 2014 Events in Kenya

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Strathmore University’s Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) has been at the centre of Kenya’s preparations for this year’s World Intellectual Property (WIP) Day celebrations on 26th April 2014. This blogger has previously discussed here the significance of this year’s WIP Day for Kenya. The programme for the day is available here. The celebrations will run from 8.30 a.m to 5.00 p.m and will involve three concurrent events, namely the IP Pavilion, the IP Workshop and the IP Moot Competition. To top it off, there will be a public screening of the award-winning film, “The Prestige”.

The IP Pavilion will be a tented area for exhibitors to carry out public outreach. Attendees of the WIP Day events will have time to visit The Pavilion and meet the various exhibitors.

The IP Workshop will delve into the theme of WIP Day 2014, which is “Movies – A Global Passion.” Speakers will include representatives from the Kenya Copyright Board, Department of Film Services, Kenya Film Commission, Kenya Film Classifications Board, Kenya Film & Television Professionals Association, and experienced Intellectual Property Lawyers in the creative industry.
Venue: Main Auditorium.
Tentative program:
9.45 – 10.45 am: Intellectual Property Rights in Film
10.45 – 11.00 am: Presentation on Copyright and Film Industry
11.30 – 1.00 pm: Discussion Forum on the Dissection of the Film Industry in Kenya

The IP Moot Competition will provide a platform for exposing law students to Intellectual Property Rights, and is the first of its kind anywhere in Kenya. The IP Moot Competition questions and rules are available here.
CIPIT has registered 18 teams from 9 law schools. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Kenya will be closing the event and handing out prizes.
Venue: morning activities to be in assigned classrooms, afternoon activities in Main Auditorium.
Tentative program:
9.45 – 1.00 pm: Initial Round
1.00 – 2.00 pm: Lunch
2.00 – 3.15 pm: Semi-final Round
3.30 – 4.30 pm: Final Round
4.30 – 5.00 pm: Closing and Presentation of Prizes

CIPIT is confident that there will be a good turnout for the WIP Day events, including media coverage, participation by Kenya’s two national IP offices, KIPI and KECOBO, as well as a visit from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Kenya.

This blogger salutes CIPIT, IP Checkin, Kikao IP and the entire organizing committee and looks forward to a memorable WIP Day 2014.

Intellectual Property and Public Events: Rights of Organisers, Participants and Third Parties

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I am hesitant to believe the Defendants’ argument on the issue of intellectual property rights to the event since the traditional common law view that has prevailed is that it is difficult to attach ‘any precise meaning to the phrase “property in a spectacle”. A spectacle in this case refers to an event. A “spectacle” cannot, therefore, be “owned” in any ordinary sense of that word. – Mabeya J. in AMCIL v Joseph Mathenge Mugo & ABMCIL HCCC 242 of 2013 at paragraph 29.

In the recent case of Africa Management Communication International Limited v. Joseph Mathenge Mugo & Access Business Management Conferencing International Ltd. HCCC 242 of 2013 (hereafter the HR Symposium case), Justice Mabeya held that there are no intellectual property (IP) rights in a spectacle or event dubbed “Human Resource Symposium”. In holding that there is no IP in a spectacle, Justice Mabeya cited the Australian case of Victoria Park Racing and Recreation Grounds Co. Ltd v. Taylor (1937) (hereafter the Taylor case) where Latham CJ stated that: “The law of copyright does not operate to give any person an exclusive right to state or to describe particular facts. A person cannot by first announcing that a man fell off a bus or that a particular horse won a race prevent other people from stating those facts.”

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World Intellectual Property Day – April 26 2013: Some Planned Activities in Kenya

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Twelve years ago, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) created the “World Intellectual Property (IP) Day” as an event intended to “raise awareness of the role of intellectual property in our daily lives, and to celebrate the contribution made by innovators and creators to the development of societies across the globe”.

Last year, this blog covered the World IP Day events in Kenya and highlighted some of the key IP developments at the time. (See here)

This year, the theme for World IP Day is “Creativity: The Next Generation. How do you see the future? Who will be the next game-changers?”

The Aids Law Project (ALP) have lined up a number of interesting events to mark World IP Day 2013:

On Thursday 25th April 2013, you are invited to Strathmore University (Room 7 -MSB Building, 2nd Floor):

9:00-9:30:
Welcome Address by Jacinta Nyachae of Aids Law Project (ALP) & Isaac Rutenberg of Strathmore Law School Centre for IP and Information Technology Law (CIPIT)
9:30-10:00:
Key Note Address by. Mr. David Njuguna, Chief Patent Examiner at Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI).
10:00-11:00:
Inter-university IP Debate
Debate Topic: “How do the Novartis and Patricia Asero court decisions affect public health in developing countries?”
Moderators: Paul Ogendi, Sarah Ochwada
11:00-12:00:
Closing Remarks – Anne Gathumbi

On Friday 26th April 2013, you are all invited to Railways Club for a World IP Day Picnic organised by ALP:

9:00-9:30:
Arrival and Registration
9:00-9:30:
Welcome Address by Jacinta Nyachae of Aids Law Project (ALP)
9:30-9:45:
Brief of the activities of the day by Kate Kiama (ALP)
10:00-12:00:
Games and Activities
12:00-12:30:
Snacks and Q & A
12:30-12:45:
Closing Remarks and Award Ceremony

IPKenya is also aware that the State Agencies in charge of IP have organised some events for World IP Day. The Kenya Patents and Trademarks office (KIPI), the Kenya Copyright Office (KECOBO), the Anti-Counterfeit Agency (ACA) with the support of the World IP Organization (WIPO) have organised a public event at the Mount Kenya University Towers in Nairobi Kenya from 09h00 to 12h30. The full details are available below:
World IP Day 2013 Kenya KECOBO ACA KIPI WIPO

All are invited. Please spread the word! IPKenya will update everyone on any other World IP Day activities/events taking place in Kenya.