CIPIT Proposes Kenya Association of Intellectual Property Professionals (KAIPP)

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The Strathmore Law School Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law a.k.a CIPIT has just announced that there will be a stakeholders’ meeting to discuss and agree on the proposed creation of an Intellectual Property (IP) association for Practitioners in Kenya, tentatively christened it the Kenya Association of Intellectual Property Practitioners or KAIPP.

This meeting will take place during the next IPCheckin Meet-up scheduled for 8th June, 2013 at Strathmore Law School from 11:00am.

In preparation for this meeting, CIPIT has prepared a draft constitution for KAIPP available here.

This on-going push for a fully fledged IP association in Kenya comes in the wake of encouraging news from Nigeria. Afro-IP reports that the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association of Nigeria (IPLAN) has gone to court to challenge a move by the Nigerian Registry of Trademarks, Patents and Designs to only accept electronic applications for registration of trade marks, patents and designs filed by accredited agents. IPLAN contends that this move unlawfully creates compulsory accreditation system for law firms, stakeholders and potential registrants as well as illegally purports to increase or prescribe additional fees. We will be keenly following this case as it develops.

Meanwhile, back home, this blogger is fully in support of an IP Association in Kenya and for Kenyans.

Looking forward to seeing you at on the 8th of June 2013 at 11:00am. Bring a friend or three.

When Public Interest IP Goes Wrong: CIPIT Slams PIIPA

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IPKenya is pleased with CIPIT’s reaction to a recent notice that PIIPA was looking for pro-bono assistance from Kenyan intellectual property professionals.

In a post today titled “Open Letter to PIIPA on Puzzling Pro-Bono Assistance Request”, CIPIT openly confronts PIIPA on its bizarre decision to grant a seemingly well-financed company access to “precious pro-bono resources” in a personal IP war to be waged against locals in Kenya.

CIPIT calls out PIIPA on its misplaced priorities and wonders: “Why would PIIPA agree to help this company get pro bono legal assistance to fight its IP battles in Kenya? Shouldn’t PIIPA instead be advising and assisting local Kenyans to repel such IP actions?”

Read the full CIPIT response to PIIPA here.