According to the Oxford Dictionary, a lion is a large powerful animal of the cat family, that hunts in groups and lives in parts of Africa. This week, for the first time in the show, all five Lions joined forces to look down a meaty prey namely Kennect Enterprises, a company that procures Gum Arabic from over 9,000 local farmers and supplies it to international manufacturing companies and industrial users.
For the third week in a row, none of the entrepreneurs in the Lions’ Den has made any mention of intellectual property (IP) protection in their respective pitches. In Episode 3, the businesses represented were an online storytelling platform, a cooking gas delivery service, a local chocolate manufacturing company and a computer program development software business.
Last week, we kicked off our Lions’ Den blog series by highlighting some of the practical applications of copyright, patent, trade mark and design protections in business sectors ranging from mobile technology to apparel and clothing as well as comic book publishing. This week, we consider some of the intellectual property (IP) aspects of the business proposals pitched in Episode 2.
In our last blogpost here, we announced the start of a new blog series that recaps each episode of the TV show Lions’ Den from an intellectual property (IP) perspective. The first episode aired on October 10th and has been uploaded to the KCB Group YouTube channel (see above). We shall now consider some of the interesting IP issues flowing from two of the six pitches made in the episode.
What is the relationship between regional integration and promotion of intellectual property rights? What intellectual property conflicts, if any, arise when regional economic bodies come together to form a single trade area? How do regional economic bodies establish appropriate policies to cater for competing national & regional interests while enhancing regional and continental integration? Speaking at the Strathmore University auditorium on 4th October 2016, CIPIT’s second distinguished speaker, Dr. Henry Kibet Mutai, revealed his profound interest in regional integration and intellectual property and sought to answer these questions with a view to giving proposals for an intellectual property protocol under the TFTA.
The Agreement establishing the TFTA was signed on 10th June 2015 bringing together member states of the East African Community (EAC), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to create a single market and promote trade amongst the states. The topic of the day couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time as intellectual property rights will be a key area in phase 2 of the negotiations for the establishment of the TFTA.
This month, Kenya’s version of the successful business reality television (TV) shows Shark Tank and Dragons’ Den will premiere on national TV. Lions’ Den will feature a cross-section of budding entrepreneurs who will pitch their business ideas in order to secure investment deals from a panel of 5 successful Kenyan business leaders (the Lions).
In September 2016, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) held its 31st Session. Since the last session of the IGC two years ago, the IGC is back with a new mandate from member states aimed at ensuring the balanced and effective protection of genetic resources (GRs), traditional knowledge (TK), and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs).