JKUAT To Drive Intellectual Property Policies In Africa

Three global and regional organizations dealing with the administration of intellectual property (IP) rights have jointly selected Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). As one of the five pilot institutions in Africa to benefit from technical assistance towards the development or implementation of an Institutional IP Policy.

The project is supported by Japan Funds-in-Trust for Africa and Least Developed Countries.

Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); in collaboration with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and the Organization Africaine de la Propriete Intellectuelle (OAPI). These said JKUAT was selected after a rigorous process.

The process involved floating of an advertisement that sought institutions interested to express their interest.

The main goal of the project is to promote the development of institutional IP policies. In order to stimulate local innovation and technology transfer in Africa for economic growth and social development by providing the PROs. With the necessary support such as establishing and improving the necessary infrastructure (legal and organizational).

The project will also aim to develop professional skills. For the effective use of the IP system in the area of innovation and technology transfer.

Furthermore, it seeks to enhance the understanding of the potential uses of the IP system. For development and growth and greatly facilitating the availability of the tools, guides, and models relating to IP infrastructure and management.

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