Intellectual Property and Creativity session

By Jessica Colaço
  Published 08 Aug 2011
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Intellectual Property and Creativity session
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. Software and creative work fall under the category of Intellectual Property, and must be protected in order to preserve the legal rights of the original author. Having this in Mind, we have reached out to a number of practitioners who were willing to come and run sessions on different topics at the iHub. We will have the first talk and one on one session with the Lawyers at the iHub this Wednesday the 10thstarting 2pm. Our first talk will be lead byMarisella Ouma,the Executive Director of the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) andan Advocate of the High Court of Kenya who has thirteen years of well-rounded experience in law, specializing in Intellectual Property Law with a bias to copyright and related rights. She together with other few lawyers will be at the iHub that afternoon and will seek to engage with present member on one on one session. On the same afternoon, our guests will also cover a special topic onComputer Software and Copyright. Dr.Isaac Rutenberg who will be our in-residence Intellectual Property specialist for the month of August will cover this topic. He is a Patent Agent for the intellectual property law firmof Bozicevic, Field & Francis, LLP. As a Patent Agent, he helps companies, universities, and research institutes worldwide obtain and maintain intellectual property (IP) portfolios. Although based in California, he regularly travels to Kenya and remains active in IP matters relevant to Kenya. Jean-Baptiste Blanc will be present as well to help answer questions from the members. His practice covers both theintellectualand industrialpropertyrights: copyright, software, database, domain name, trademark, trade secret, knowhow, patent, industrial designs, registered designation of origin - Mostly in an advisory setting. We will also haveWathingira Gituo present to help address issues on Business Associations. Heis a young law graduate from the University of Nairobi and his area of interest encompasses the broad spectrum of Corporate & Commerciallaw.Wathingirarecently moved to the law-firmCoulson Harney, Advocateswhere he is currently engaged as a pupil.He is currently enrolled at the Kenya School of Lawwhere he is pursuing a post-graduate diploma in law with the aim of joining the bar." Rehema Parmena will join in the afternoon. Her background is onCommercial, Corporate andReal EstateLaw. She studied atMakerere University(LLB, 2003), Kampala, Uganda. She was admitted to practice to theHigh Court of Kenyain 2005.Ms. Parmena isa member ofLaw Society of Kenya (LSK),East African Law Society (EALS),The African Bar Association and many more. To close the afternoon,Marisellawill give a talk on Copyright and an overview of KECOBO. The lawyers will try to tackle issues on Copyright protection, requirements for a Copyright, what is and is not copyrightable, enforcement and duration of copyright and finally collective rights societies. Please register here to be a part of this exciting afternoon.
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