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.
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).