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State investing in promotion of IP development

27 March 2015, 10:42 Arap Yego

Nairobi - The government is investing in the promotion of intellectual property as part of its efforts to nurture innovativeness and inventiveness in the country.

Dr Wilson Songa, the Principal Secretary Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development, said intellectual property is a tool for encouraging innovation, stimulating economic development, developing new businesses and inducing technology creation and acquisition.

“Intellectual property rights provide incentives to investments in creativity, innovation, research and development, which is the main driver of technological development experienced in the Western world,” Dr Songa said in a speech read on his behalf by Mr Julius Kirima, the acting deputy director of industries during the opening of a seminar on the use of IP at a Nairobi hotel on Wednesday.

Towards this end, the PS said the government is working on a National Intellectual Property Policy which will seek to enhance creation, innovation, protection and commercialization of intellectual property to facilitate transfer of technology, support entrepreneurship and empower people.

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“The envisaged policy will elevate Kenya to the level of other nations with large government investments in research and development by setting a rational, predictable and consistent framework for determining intellectual property control and ownership that encouraged commercialization,” he said.

The two-day seminar organized by the African Regional Industrial Property Organization (ARIPO) and the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI).

Dr Songa said intellectual property rights provide incentives to investments in creativity, innovation, research and development, which is the main driver of technological development experienced in the Western world.

The PS noted that intellectual output holds great potential in Kenyan society, economy and global competitiveness.

Fernando Dos Santos, the Director General ARIPO, said Kenya is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa and one of the “Innovation learners” according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Global Innovation Index.

“The ‘Jua Kalis’, universities, research institutions and even individual innovators are hubs of innovation in this country that must be nurtured and assisted to turn their inputs into intellectual property assets,” said Dos Santos.

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