Legal Alert | Kenya | World IP Day: The Role of Women in Commercialisation and Protection of IP Assets

On 26 April each year, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) celebrates the World IP Day to create awareness about the role that IP rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity in scientific and commercial enterprise across the world. This year, WIPO in conjunction with the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) will be holding a two day workshop/seminar themed “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity” on 25 and 26 April 2018 at the Bomas of Kenya. The seminar will aim to underscore the contribution of women to innovation in science, technology and commercial enterprise as well as the creative arts in Kenya.

Commercial enterprises, investors and innovators will invariably own some form of IP assets which have economic value. IP assets (such as trade marks, industrial product designs, inventions, trade secrets, copyright, software, publications etc.) can be utilised, sold, licensed or used as security for financing.

As we mark this year’s World IP Day, it is critical for stakeholders in commerce and industry to conduct an assessment and establish three things:

i) the IP assets that their enterprises own;
ii) the commercial value attached to the IP assets and whether their IP assets are being commercially utilised in an effective manner; and
iii) whether their IP assets are properly registered and protected in law and if not, how they can be protected.

A&K is proud to sponsor this year’s WIPO/KIPI World IP Day commemorative events and is pleased to invite you to join us at the Bomas of Kenya on 25 and 26 April 2018 from 8:30 am on each day to explore the above issues, as well as the role of women in the commercialisation and protection of IP rights in an economic environment facing increasing incidents of rights infringement. To RSVP for this event, please contact Charles Bharti on 0724964724 or

Should you have any queries or require additional information, please email Anne Kiunuhe at or Shem Otanga

Anne Kiunuhe
Shem Otanga
Senior Associate