Towards a National Intellectual Property Policy for Kenya

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During the year 2012, a series of consultative meetings were held on the draft National Intellectual Property Policy (“IP Policy”) for the Republic of Kenya. The process of developing the IP Policy started in the year 2005, when the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) commissioned an Intellectual Property (IP) audit to assess the situation then of the IP system in Kenya and to identify strengths and weaknesses and use the findings to develop an IP Policy. The IP audit was successfully completed and audit results were validated during a stakeholders meeting in Nairobi in the year 2006. Subsequently, there was a first draft of the IP Policy (2007 – 2012), although the draft was not formally completed. The Article gives a general overview of the draft IP Policy and suggests ways in which Kenya could maximize attainment of the proposed strategic goals of the IP Policy.

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