Stakeholders in Kenya’s IP domain pledge to help youth protect their creative works
Stakeholders in Kenya’s intellectual property (IP) domain pledge to help youth protect their creative works ahead of the World Intellectual Property Day celebrations on the 26th of April 2022.
According to the 2021 World Intellectual Property Indicators report by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), in 2020, Kenya filed a total of 424 patents, 6,323 trademarks (based on class count), and 223 Industrial Designs (based on design count).
Out of the total filings, 76 patents were granted, 1,995 classes were specified in trademark registrations and 192 industrial designs were registered.
During a youth workshop held today at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi; The Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI), The Anti-Counterfeit Authority of Kenya, and other stakeholders encouraged youth to protect their creative works, innovations and undertake intellectual property awareness among their peers.
“KIPI has collaborated with various universities and TVET institutions to establish Tech Support Centres. The centers will help youth access IP databases free of charge.”
Mr. Ahmed Issack Hassan - Chairman-Board of Directors KIPI.
Commercialization of ideas into businesses was also a key conversation during the workshop. Youths are encouraged to take their ideas, turn them into products and roll them out to the public.
“Youths with protected ideas need to approach the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) to learn how to transform the ideas into profitable business ventures”
Purity Kamau - Deputy Director of The Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and Enterprise Development (MITED).
Moreover, universities and technical and vocational education training centers were urged to provide training and awareness to students undertaking various projects while studying at those institutions. One of the centers mentioned was the Chandaria Business and Incubation Centre.
According to the Senior Administrative Assistant Technology Transfer office, Cecil Kang`ara, “Our incubation center is open to all Kenyans. Currently, the center is composed of 70% of Kenyatta University students, staff, and 30% non-members of the university,” he said.
The workshop began on the 21st of April, five days ahead of the World Intellectual Property day celebration which will be held tomorrow.
This year’s theme will focus on Intellectual Property (IP) and Youth: innovating for a better future.
World Intellectual Property Day was established 22 years ago to promote awareness of various ways to protect the creativity of the mind as well as innovations.