1. Do I need to have intellectual property protection?
Yes. It is recommended that you apply for the protection of your intellectual property before you submit the same to Whitebox. It is important to safeguard your intellectual property rights to secure your creativity and inventiveness and prevent the information contained in your submission from being appropriated by a third party.
2. When should I protect my intellectual property?
You should take steps to protect your intellectual property at earliest possible juncture. It is recommended that you should not disclose any information regarding your intellectual property if you have not registered it or applied for registration.
Disclosing such information before registration may lead to the appropriation of the information by a third party and hinder your ability to subsequently file for registration.
3. What forms of protection are available for my intellectual property?
Intellectual property may be protected using Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights. You can protect your Intellectual property by registering with the relevant government agency. Ownership can be by a natural person or registered legal entity.
4. What are the benefits of protecting my intellectual property?
Intellectual property is a business asset and therefore securing it is essential to your business and brand. Secured intellectual property rights exclude third parties from appropriating your rights thus adding value to your business and giving you a competitive edge.
afford protection to inventions in the technological or industrial sector. The Kenya Industrial Property Institute undertakes the registration of patents. The requirement for the registration of a patent can be found here.
affords protection to artistic works of musical, audio visual, literary and artistic nature. To acquire copyright for a particular work, the Copyright Act does not require registration. It is however recommended that you register in order to claim exclusive rights to the works. Registration of copyright is done by the Kenya Copyright Board. The process of registering copyright can be found here .
afford protection to brand names, marks, signs and logos associated with certain goods and services offered by an enterprise. Use of the trademark serves to distinguish the goods and services of such enterprise. The process of registering trademarks is undertaken by the Kenya Industrial Property Institute. The requirements for the registration of a trademark can be here.