To help guide the training and teaching aspects of CIPIT in law and policy, research fellows conduct original research. Primarily, such research characterizes the impact of foreign and domestic IP laws on development in East Africa, and enables policy makers to draft the most appropriate and beneficial IP legislation. The ICT Policy Program seeks to understand how advances in information technology affect state-citizen-market relations in the contemporary African state.
IP advisory services
CIPIT helps government and private institutions develop laws and internal policies that effectively account for IP issues. Examples include laws that affect freedom of information and data protection, as well as policies dealing with social media and IP ownership. At the Centre you can access a comprehensive collection of databases and publications for free, as well as attend practical workshops, one-to-one advice sessions. We achieve this through our IP Clinic forum.
A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for detailed public disclosure of an invention. An invention is a solution to a specific technological problem and is a product or a process.
CIPIT works closely with inventors and the Kenya Industrial property institute (KIPI) to aid in obtaining patents for their works. We also carry do international applications for our clients.
As a training institute, CIPIT provides practical courses and seminars targeting lawyers, business professionals, venture capitalists, media houses, and start-up incubators in areas of IP law, with a particular focus on issues unique to ICT. Example training topics include IP portfolio management, patent drafting and filing, branding and marketing, and issues pertaining to licensing.