New report reveals value of IP in Kenya
A study commissioned by ICC’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) initiative reports that Kenya’s current intellectual property rights (IPR) regime performs poorly in international gauges, ranking 95th of 130 countries in the IPR Index and 106th of 140 economies in the Global Competitiveness Index 2010. The BASCAP report, Promoting and Protecting the Value of IP in Kenya, sets out BASCAP’s recommendations for policy and legislative changes needed to bring Kenya’s IP regime and IP enforcement efforts up to international standards and was presented as an example of how a report like this can be replicated in other African countries.
Results of the commissioned survey were presented at a
three-day regional workshop entitled "Workshop on the Practical Approaches to
IP Utilization and Protection in Africa", which took place in Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania, 19-21 March 2013. The workshop was organized by the US Department of
Commerce Commercial Law Development Program, the newly formed Africa IP Group
(AIPG) - an Africa-wide umbrella organization of African IP officials,
industry, and IP stakeholders - in coordination with US interagency partners
and input from private sector partners from the International Trademark
Association and BASCAP.
The report shows the growing
body of evidence describing the positive link between the strengthening of
IPRs and economic development and increased rates of innovation. It
illustrates the important role that IPR plays in attracting foreign direct
investment (FDI), and promoting research and development and technology
"Economic growth is closely related to how well the
economy encourages, stimulates and fosters its creativity and innovation,"
said BASCAP Policy Advisor Louis Bonnier, presenting the report to the
workshop. "A critical factor in maximizing the value of this intellectual
capital is a clear legal and regulatory system that recognizes the importance
of the underlying intellectual property and establishes and protects the
property rights of the creators, inventors and innovators."
The BASCAP recommendations are put forward as a roadmap for improvement and
can go a long way in helping to meet new and higher standards required by the
World Trade Organization's trade-related aspects of intellectual property
rights (TRIPS). The full set of policy and legislative recommendations are
delineated in the report.
"Combating counterfeiting and piracy
must become a public policy priority," BASCAP Steering Committee member, Karl
Lallerstedt, BASCAP Steering Committee member said. "This effort must start
with the Kenyan government sending a clear message to the criminal networks
and others involved in counterfeiting and piracy that this activity will no
longer be tolerated - and that increased enforcement of stronger IP laws will
result in increased punishments. These actions will help convince legitimate
business owners and consumers that the government is serious about protecting
IP rights, and encourage them to support these efforts. ICC, through its
BASCAP initiative and in partnership with Kenya's ACA (Anti-Counterfeit
Agency), stands ready to do its part to help the Government of Kenya to
achieve these important goals."
Download the Promoting
and Protecting Intellectual Property in Kenya report
Download the Long
term Impacts of Counterfeiting and Piracy on Increased Foreign Direct
Investment and Employment in Kenya report
information visit ICC
BASCAP's East Africa regional iniatives page.
For further information, please contact
Project Manager, BASCAP
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