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Introducing August as the Law Month

By Jessica Colaço
iHub
  Published 29 Jul 2011
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Introducing August as the Law Month

In this innovation space, there are many opportunities for creatives, programmers and developers to make their mark. The realities however, is that so many applications and/or works are being developed at such a fast pace that quite often, competing applications can appear almost alike. Most of the time this has leads to court battles.

If you’re a developer, programmer, creative or endeavor to become one, you should be aware that the easiest way you can protect the products of your efforts is by copyrighting them.Just like literary works, software and creative work falls under the category of intellectual property, and must be protected in order to preserve the legal rights of the original author. A knowledgeable and qualifiedlaw practitioner knows exactly what papers need to be filled out and submitted in order for your work to be safeguarded, and in most cases, he or she can usually complete the job quickly and with minimal red tape.

Having this in Mind, we have reached out to a number of practitioners who are willing to come and run sessions on different topics at the iHub. We will have different workshops, talks and one on one's with the Lawyers at the iHub during the whole Month of August. Below are some of the topics that will be covering during this period.

o The international copyright system
o Kenyan copyright system
o What is copyrightable, and what is not copyrightable
o Patents – protection of inventive ideas
o International patent systems
o The Kenyan patent system
o When to get a patent, and when not to get a patent
o How to get a patent – lawyers, patent agents, patent offices
o Patent infringement - Other ways of protecting inventive ideas
o Utility patents
o Industrial Design patents
o Trade secrets
o Contracts
o Trademarks and servicemarks – protection of distinctive marks
o Requirements for a trademark
o Registered v. unregistered trademarks
o International trademark systems
o The Kenyan trademark system

Participants will have access to the Practitioners in-house and will engage them with whatever law questions they will have. We will share a weekly schedule of days that we will have the lawyers at the iHub and will send out direct emails to registered participants.If you would like to participate during these weekly sessions, register here toreceiveupdates.

If you would also like to Participate as a Practitioner, we are looking for help and would love to talk to you. Email Tosh for further details on how to become a part of this exciting month.

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