We are pleased to announce that three of our Strathmore Law School colleagues, Francis Kariuki, Smith Ouma and Raphael Ng’etich have just completed a new book titled: “Property Law” recently published by Strathmore University Press. Many will recall that Raphael worked as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at CIPIT. This book is the second installment in SUP series, Strathmore Studies in Law, which was conceived in 2015 with the dual aim of producing high quality textbooks for the various areas of law for which there is little updated commentary, and giving SLS Faculty opportunities to publish said high quality scholarship.
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We are pleased to announce that this blog (Strathmore Law School’s CIPIT Blog) has been nominated in the Best Education Blog Category of the 2017 Bake Awards. These Awards organised by the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) recognize exceptional Kenyan blogs that have great and useful content presented in a creative and innovative format.
After winning the first-ever Best Education Blog award in 2015, CIPIT has been nominated again this year. The “Best Education Blog” category rewards blogs about education matters and those run by educational institutions. With your help, Strathmore University could become the first educational institution to receive this Award twice!
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About the CIPIT Blog
Strathmore Law School’s CIPIT Blog is an independent and authoritative voice which explores legal governance issues in intellectual property (IP) and information technology (IT). Founded in 2012, the CIPIT Blog is the first of its kind in East and Central Africa. It is run thanks to contributions by the students and staff at Strathmore Law School and covers on an ongoing basis topical issues of the day.
CIPIT has been conducting network measurements on Kenyan Internet Service Providers (ISPs) since June 2016 using assorted techniques. Between 6 – 10 February 2017, the data indicated the presence of a middle-box on the cellular network of one provider, Safaricom Limited (AS33771) that had not previously presented any signs of traffic manipulation. Middle-boxes assume dual-use character in that they can be used for legitimate functions (e.g., network optimisation) and can simultaneously be used for traffic manipulation, surveillance and aiding censorship.
Dr. Isaac Rutenberg (CIPIT Director) and Ms. Jacquelene Mwangi (CIPIT Researcher) have co-authored a new peer-reviewed article titled: “Do patents and utility model certificates encourage innovation in Kenya?” recently published in Oxford’s Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. A copy of the article is freely accessible for a limited period here. In the article, it is observed that traditional measure of innovation at the country level is the number of patents filed and granted. However it is argued that this may not be an appropriate method for measuring innovation in developing countries in Africa, particularly since many patent offices on the continent are ineffective or inactive. However an exception is Kenya, which has a patent office equipped with a corps of examiners and more than two decades of experience in substantively examining patent applications.
In the recent case of Jacqueline Okuta & another v Attorney General & 2 others  eKLR, the issue for determination was the constitutionality or otherwise of the offence of criminal defamation created under the provisions of section 194 of the Penal Code. As many may know, section 194 provides that:- “Any person who, by print, writing, painting or effigy, or by any means otherwise than solely by gestures, spoken words or other sounds, unlawfully publishes any defamatory matter concerning another person, with intent to defame that other person, is guilty of the misdemeanour termed libel.”
Toward the end of 2016, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited tech hubs in Kenya and Nigeria. During this, he remarked: “The future will be built in Africa”. Indeed the emergence of Africa’s technology hubs is of crucial importance for those living on the continent, as the trend represents an opportunity for homegrown entrepreneurship, devising local solutions to socio-economic problems and being a major catalyst for the continent’s innovation revolution.
This is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting Open AIR’s latest working paper, A Framework for Assessing Technology Hubs in Africa, which will soon be published in the New York University Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law. This is the first paper to offer a framework for systematically describing and assessing the emergence of high technology hubs throughout Africa. It is also the first paper to explain the legal and policy implications of Africa’s innovation revolution for those both within and outside the continent. It is hoped that this paper will be the foundation for new research into African high technology hubs and innovation.
Last year we launched our Trade Marks (TM) Database – a groundbreaking web-based portal for conducting free searches of recent trade mark applications advertised by Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI). The TM Database is now available here. It currently has over 40,000 fully searchable trademarks and this number is growing by the day as more applications are added to our platform.
Dr. Isaac Rutenberg (CIPIT Director) and Ms. Lillian Makanga (CIPIT Researcher) have co-authored a new peer-reviewed article titled: “Utility model protection in Kenya: The case for substantive examination” published in the African Journal of Information and Communication in late December 2016. A copy of the article is available online here. In the article, it is argued that a return to substantive examination of applications for utility model certificates (UMCs) would be on the whole beneficial to Kenya’s innovative ecosystem and the authors recommend that such examination be reinstated.
2016, Africa University, African Journal of Intellectual Property, AJIP, ARIPO, BW Kahari Legal Practitioners, Cairo University, China, contributing authors, contributing reviewers, Copyright Society of Malawi, December, Dr. Marisella Ouma, Dr. Reem Raslan, Dr. Tshimanga Kongolo, Egypt, Inaugural, inaugural issue, Institute of Peace Leadership and Governance, IPLG, Issue, Kenya, Kenya Copyright Board, Ministry of Trade Industry and Investment, Mr. Desmond Oriakhogba, Mr. Emmanuel Sackey, Mr. Jacob Holland, Mr. Kayode Ibrahim Adam, Mr. Mornicliff Mudzvatangi, Mr. Victor Nzomo, Mrs. Brenda Kahari, Mrs. Dora Makwinja, Ms. Glenda Mutasa, Nigeria, OCTA, Prof. Amos Saurombe, Prof. Anthony Kakooza, Prof. Maponga, Prof. Olugbenga Ajani Olatunji, Prof. Tom Ogada, SIPI Law Associates, Strathmore University, Switzerland, Uganda. Dr. Edwini Kessie, University of Benin, University of Ilorin, University of South Africa, University of Zimbabwe, Vanuatu, WIPO, Xiamen University, Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Intellectual Property Office
On the 9th of December 2016, African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) celebrated 40 years in existence. As many may know, ARIPO is an Intergovernmental Organization established under the Lusaka Agreement on 9 December 1976 to pool resources of its African Member States in Intellectual Property (IP) and establishes common services and co-ordination of laws and activities in IP matters. One of the highlights of the celebrations was the launch of inaugural issue of the African Journal of Intellectual Property (AJIP), a collaborative project with the Africa University’s Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance (IPLG).
Recently we launched our Trade Marks (TM) Database – a groundbreaking web-based portal for conducting free searches of recent trade mark applications advertised by Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI). The TM Database is now available here. It currently has over 27,130 fully searchable trademarks and this number is growing by the day as more applications are added to our platform.