Monday, 21 April 2008

Kenya is still sleeping on its IPRs the title of a piece in the Daily Nations by Peter Mwaura covering the recent Kikoi win and Kiondo loss as examples of why IPRs are so important to developing countries and stressing that Kenya still has much to do about protecting their rights in a first-to-apply-gets-the rights, world. Citing the fact that Kenya filed only three patents under the PCT last year and only 24 in the last five years Peter Mwaura believes that the answer lies with the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) who "should educate the local communities to enable them to negotiate and use the international IPRs systems."

Peter Mwaura may not be aware that fellow blogger, David Njuguna's blog IP Kenya, is also doing its part to educate and highlight the concerns and issues around IP rights in Kenya, by creating a local forum for news and comment. Afro-IP hopes to help that cause too.

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