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The Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) held its first Open Day on Friday 28th February 2014 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC). The theme of the event was “Promotion Of Intellectual Property Rights To Drive A Knowledge Economy”.

Dr. Wilson Songa, the Principal Secretary - Ministry of Industrialisation, was the Chief Guest and noted that the primary goal of the event was to educate the public on the importance of Intellectual Property (IP) as a key roadmap to attaining Vision 2030.

Dr. Songa added that Kenya needs to protect the knowledge generated by industries, tertiary institutions and traditional knowledge as this will spur the growth of the economy. He also noted that the government had plans to develop an IP policy that would stimulate effective creation, use, development, stimulation and management of IP for economic growth.

On his speech, Dr Henry K. Mutai, KIPI Managing Director, indicated that the organisation had processed 3,988 trademark applications in 2013 compared to 3,458 trademark applications in 2012 marking a 15% increase. He also added that 3,361 trademark applications were successful in 2013 compared to 3, 160 applications in 2012 marking a 6% increase.

Dr. Mutai outlined plans by KIPI to partner with schools, colleges and the Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) sector to disseminate knowledge on IP. He further added that KIPI was in the process of developing a program with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the County of Kisii to benefit soap stone sculptors following the successful Soap Stone Symposium held in Kisii in 2011.

The event gave the public an opportunity to understand the role of KIPI. The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO), a key partner with KIPI also exhibited during the Open Day with a total of 85 people visiting the KECOBO stand to learn about copyright and how it relates to trademarks, patents and industrial designs.