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Event Details


This workshop is a 1-day, high-level overview of IP strategy designed for executives from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).  The event is co-organized by KIPI, the USPTO, WIPO, the non-profit PIPRA.  The expert presenters will give the audience a practical, nuts-and-bolts overview of how SMEs can best identify, protect, and monetize their intangible assets.  We will focus on patents and trademarks and their use in East Africa.

(Registration to the event is free and includes a networking lunch at as well as refreshments in the morning afternoon.  Limit of 4 attendees per company.  The event will be held on the campus of the Kenya School of Monetary Studies.  Directions to the event from Nairobi city center can be downloaded here.  If you have questions about the event, please contact 

Nancy Ndungu at KIPI:, 254 20 

2386220 or 254 736 002020.


These workshops are funded by the generous support of the USPTO's Intellectual Property Initiative.  If you are interested in attending the workshop, please use the form above.   The event is free; however, space is limited.


8:30-9:00: Registration and coffee

9:00-9:30: Opening remarks.  PIPRA,  USPTO, KIPI, WIPO
9:30-10:00: IP protection for SMEs in Kenya - (KIPI)
10:10-10:35: Obtaining and defending patents (David Njuguna, KIPI)
10:35:-10:50: Break (Tea, coffee and confectionery)
10:50-11:25: Obtaining trademarks, brand protection, and anti-counterfeiting.  (John Syekei, Coulson Harney)
11:25-12:00: Expert panel with the morning speakers.  (Questioning & discussion from the audience.)
12:00-1:15: Networking Lunch
1:15-1:45: Licensing of patent and trademark assets - (William Ikutha Maema, Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates)
1:45-2:15: IP-related agreements including MTAs, NDAs, C&Ds, employment agreements, Co-development etc. - (Peter Lee, Professor of Law, UC Davis)
2:15-2:45: Other forms of IP protection: trade secrets, copyright, traditional knowledge, geographical indications.  Implementation in use in East Africa. (Speaker TBD)
2:45:-3:00: Break (Tea, coffee & biscuits)
3:00-3:30: Lessons learned from nuturing of IP protection and SME technology commercialization in South Africa (McLean Sibanda, CEO, the Innovation Hub)
3:30-4:00: Case study: Successful use of IP in a Kenyan SME: the story of Soko Sweety (Hansal Shah, CEO, Soko Sweety)
4:00-4:15: Tips, Tricks, and Resources for Kenyan SMEs (Fredrick Omiti, Senior Patent Examiner, KIPI)
4:15-4:45: Expert panel with afternoon speakers
4:45-5:00: Concluding remarks.  USPTO, KIPI, WIPO, PIPRA


Nancy Ndungu (KIPI)
254 20 2386220
254 736 002020.


Conference Hall
Kenya School of Monetary Studies
P.O. Box 65041
Nairobi, Kenya