Monday 31 December 2012


A review of African official IP websites: no. 25: Republic of Kenya

As the year 2012 winds down in a few hours (though it is 1st January 2013 in Australia), this Leo is pleased to sign off the year with a country that has given us so much to talk about in the past 6 months or so. From switching off counterfeit mobile phones to discourse on protecting innovations in its mobile space, Kenya is indeed at the forefront of interesting intellectual property (IP) and IP-related developments in Africa. 

So, it is not surprising that this Leo finds Kenya's IP office (KIPI) still online and up-to-date with useful resources as we saw last year. He also discovers that both KIPI and the Kenyan copyright board (KECOBO) have remarkable social media presence (although KECOBO's website was down at the time of access). 

This Leo does not just note Kenya's ICT progress and innovation in isolation, he can foresee a vibrant and influential IP ecosystem or community (e.g. CIPIT) that may well complement the progress. Well done, Kenya.

Afro-IP wishes you, the reader, a prosperous, healthy and fulfilling 2013. Happy new year!

Kenyan artists tackling music piracy using digital technology (mdundo), see here
Women are part of the technology and innovation boom in Kenya, see here



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31 December 2012 at 21:51 delete

Happy New Year to the Afro IP Pride!

Thanks for the positive report on Kenya and its budding IP scene.

We look forward to a prosperous and productive 2013!