THE UNIVERSITY CONDUCTS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS TRAINING FOR MEMBERS OF STAFF

The University conducted a training workshop for members of staff on Intellectual Property rights on 20th June, 2018. The training was officially opened by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Lucy Irungu. Mr. Mboi Misati and Mr. Henry Kibe, both Assistant Managers from Kenya Industrial Property Institute facilitated the training sessions.

In her official opening speech, the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Lucy Irungu told participants that It has been consistently shown that if left unprotected, a good invention or creation may be lost to opportunistic competitors who might have a better chance of taking the product or service to the next level, which is the commercialization process at a more affordable price. This situation results in the original inventor or creator being left with no reward or financial benefit for their hard work. Adequate protection of IP generated within the university is therefore a very important step in turning ideas into market values or business assets, as well as deterring a potential infringement right.


The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Lucy Irungu, making Official Opening Speech

“Intellectual property is a product of research and innovation, which are tied to the University’s strategic objective of contributing to the development of the society through creation, preservation, application and dissemination of knowledge. This way, intellectual property plays an essential role in innovation by capturing the economic value of innovation, thereby encouraging investment in research and development, and by arbitrating between the encouragement of investment in innovation, on the one hand, and the sharing of the social benefits of innovation, on the other hand.” The Vice-Chancellor said.




Mr. Kibe (left) and Mr. Misati (right) pay a courtesy call to Prof. Peter Mwita (Deputy Vice-Chancellor- Research, Innovation and Linkages) at his office on arrival for the workshop

In his welcome remarks, Prof. Peter Mwita, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Linkages) told participants that his Division recognizes the benefits of research, innovation and collaborations in the national agenda including but not limited to Kenya Vision 2030 and The Big Four Agenda. “It cannot be overemphasized that my division has a duty to spur and protect our research outputs and innovations (…) we take note that in the increasingly knowledge-driven economy, Intellectual property is a key consideration in day-to-day business decisions because new ideas and products appear almost daily in the market, which results in continuous innovation and research. Machakos University is an actor in the generation of such new research outputs and innovation and cannot stand aloof. Therefore, this workshop will focus on the importance of Intellectual Property in the context of university research, innovation as well as production encompassing knowledge and technology transfer.” Prof. Mwita said.


Participants follow sessions of the training


Participants follow sessions of the training

During the workshops, participants covered: The Concept of Intellectual Property Rights: Justification, Purpose, Types and Regimes, Aspects/Tools of IPRs, (Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and related rights, Geographical Indications, Industrial Designs, Trade Secrets, Layout Design for Integrated Circuits and Protection of New Plant Variety), IPR in Academia and Research and Management of IP Assets in Academia: IP Policy, IP Audits/valuation, Technology Transfer.


Participants receive certificates of attendance presented by Prof. Peter Mwita, Prof. Joyce Agalo and Mr. Misati